Your mo­bile phone for cy­ber crim­i­nals.

Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

Your phone is the most per­sonal com­puter you’ve ever owned. In fact, I’ve pro­posed a new term for smart­phones and tablets, which are re­ally ‘pri­vate com­put­ers’. In this in­ner sanctum of com­put­ing – where you keep the pic­tures of your kids, the mes­sages from your lovers, the most vi­tal in­for­ma­tion to your busi­ness – se­cu­rity should be para­mount. It turns out, how­ever, that your mo­bile phone is a block of Swiss cheese when it comes to hack­a­bil­ity. In fact, one se­cu­rity ex­pert once re­marked to me, “if you want it to be safe, don’t put it on your phone”.

The two leading smart­phone op­er­at­ing sys­tems, Ap­ple’s iOS and Google’s An­droid, are both left want­ing when it comes to IT se­cu­rity. iOS has the up­per hand, how­ever, given Ap­ple’s al­most

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