The FBI recently issued a warning to smartphone users, highlighting two mobile malware applications: Loozfan, which steals personal information, and FinFisher, which is spyware that takes over a smartphone's functions.
As you mentioned, educating the user is of paramount importance as malware and spyware can come in any form today, even in something as simple as an image. Educating the user in the mobile security field should be done constantly, especially in the enterprise.
You are so right in that we need to be fully aware so we can optimize prevention. Working with the enterprise in "managing" information better, encrypting data, and staying aware through education is increasingly a requirement, not an option.
If an informative meeting can be held in the company once a month to discuss mobile security, BYOD issues, and update everyone on the latest threads that could affect all the different devices utilized in the company all the possible risk would be minimized, and prevented if possible, or at least that would be the goal, right?
Another good point to mention is about being careful when downloading certain apps that may look inocent but might bring a problem when the mobile device is used as also as the company phone. I keep on insisting on educating the user at all times.
Good point. Hackers have done a great job in making their malware look innocent. This problem is especially evident with Google Android apps since the vendor has a less restrictive policy for uploading apps than Apple.
Yes, Paul. Apple apps are much more secure for downloading thanks to a strict policy. The latest issues with Android security should be something to consider by Google, and fix quickly in order to provide customers with better security and privacy.
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