Mobile computing is rapidly taking over as the preferred method for computing for many. It not only offers convenience and portability, allowing you to work and play without being tethered to a landline, but the processing power of new mobile devices and cloud computing also means you have the software and hardware capability of a desktop or laptop right in the palm of your hands.
This mass migration to mobile brings with it many business opportunities, but it also means that a criminal element is making the move along with everyone else, ultimately making security one of the biggest concerns in broadband mobile computing.
The cyber-criminal of today is a global entity funded not only by criminal organizations, but also rogue governments with political agendas. As the new generation of 4G cellular LTE (News - Alert) started becoming the standard worldwide, it will give this ubiquitous criminal element increased access.
In light of this, a report from Global Information (News - Alert) titled "Wireless Security Market in LTE Networks 2013-2018" highlights what anyone involved in LTE network planning must be aware of regarding security.
The report discusses the biggest players in the industry from the hardware, software and service side of the challenges facing LTE. Some of the companies in the report include Apple, Samsung, Motorola, McAffee, AVG, Kapersky, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Vodafone (News - Alert) and many others.
The research particularly indicates that Android malware will see a notable increase, as well as be the most vulnerable OS for LTE. The reason for the increase in Android (News - Alert) is because it has the most users, and criminals have better odds going after the most popular systems. Along with the Android, games are the biggest gateway for criminals to access financial information on mobile devices.
One of the ways in which they hack into phones is by offering what are called “Freemium” games. Once these games are in the device, anytime a financial transaction is conducted, the information can be accessed by the hacker.
Just like your personal computer, you have to be aware of the type of software you download on your device. If it is not a reputable site and you don’t know it, do not download any application, game or software. Ultimately, you are the one responsible, so take the necessary precautions to protect your information at all times.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo