Mobile Security

  • IBM attacks app design to bolster mobile security

    Posted June 5, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Extension of IBM AppScan tailored for testing Android OS apps before they are released to get ahead of the mobile malware curve
  • What users can do to make their smartphones more secure

    Posted June 4, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    It's really not all that difficult to do a little self-vetting of the apps you install on your mobile devices.
  • Mobilisafe debuts with mobile risk-management software

    Posted June 4, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Start-up Mobilisafe makes its debut Monday with a product intended to help IT managers monitor for risks associated with both employee-owned and corporate-issued mobile devices.
  • Academia joins in battling Android malware

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 7:09 am

    Android Malware Genome Project kicks off by contributing collection of more than 1,200 malware in 49 different families
  • Fill your mobile security toolbox

    Posted May 28, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    Smartphone malware attacks get a lot of attention, but you're much more likely to lose your device than you are to contract a smartphone virus infection. And you're just as vulnerable to other problems--such as phishing and spam--on a phone as you are on a PC. No need to panic, however: The following Android and iPhone security tools will help to protect your phone from all kinds of threats.
  • Review

    BullGuard Mobile Security 10: Solid mobile antivirus with parental controls

    Posted May 27, 2012 - 7:59 am

    BullGuard offers a mobile antivirus and security app for Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry devices, called BullGuard Mobile Security. For $29.95 per year, it protects you and your mobile device from viruses, spyware, identity theft, and online fraud. The app also offers antitheft, parental controls, and data backup--all of which can be accessed via BullGuard's web-based control panel (that it calls the Mobile Security Manager).
  • Smartphone security is heading for 'apocalypse'

    Posted May 20, 2012 - 7:02 am

    The meteoric rise in the smartphone market is creating a dangerous vulnerability in smartphone security - one that may not be patched until the problem expands into what has been dubbed an "apocalypse."
  • How to make Android faster, more productive and more secure than iPhone

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:50 am

    IPhone users love to brag about their phones. They line up around the block and stand in line for hours when a new one is released. Yet, for many users, Android is clearly the superior platform. Yes, its Achilles' heel is a big one: security. Android's openness and large market share mean that it's a juicy target for attackers.
  • Symantec leapfrogs McAfee in mobile security

    Posted May 9, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Symantec will allow companies to wrap corporate applications with a layer of code that prevents data from leaving employees' smartphones.
  • Symantec conference puts focus on mobile security

    Posted May 8, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    At its annual Symantec Vision conference attended by enterprise customers and business partners, Symantec laid out its management and security product strategy for mobile endpoint devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Google Android devices.
  • 82% of data breaches due to staff errors; 4% of IT trusts users; IT is still to blame

    Posted April 19, 2012 - 11:33 am

    Only 4 percent of IT people surveyed by Sophos trust end users, and with good reason. Eight of 10 data breaches are due to their mistakes. Less than half of IT organizations even teach users about basic security and even fewer encrypt the data being lost. You decide who's to blame.
  • Denials don't fix Facebook security flaw on iOS, Android

    Posted April 6, 2012 - 9:45 am

    Facebook is trying to spin the news of a security flaw in its smartphone apps that would allow malwareto steal credentials, which are stored unencrypted and unsecured. The hack works on any iOS or Android phone, researchers say, not just those stolen or jailbroken, as FB claimed.
  • Mobile malware: Beware drive-by downloads on your smartphone

    Posted March 23, 2012 - 7:31 am

    While Jeff Schmidt, the CEO of JAS Global Advisors, was surfing the Web on his new Android smartphone (his first Android phone) earlier this year, what appeared to be an ad popped up on his screen. The "ad" looked like the prompt that appears when his phone rings. He clicked the button on the ad to pick up the putative call, and the ad began downloading a binary file--malware--onto his Android phone. Schmidt had been hit by a drive-by download, a program that automatically installs malicious software on end-users' computers--and increasingly, smartphones--without them knowing.
  • People are too honest to snoop through your lost phone, right? Symantec study says 'HAH'

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    70 million cell phones are lost per year, many with critically sensitive corporate data on them. How honest are the people who find them? Symantec "lost" 50 phones with fake private data on them. Almost everyone snooped a little, half snooped a lot and a lot tried to use apps and information to get a look at the smartphone "owner's" social network and financial records.
  • National Security Agency defines smartphone strategy: Think Android (maybe)

    Posted March 4, 2012 - 8:42 am

    America's intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA), today disclosed how it's going to handle mobile security.
  • Vendors pile on mobility management

    Posted March 2, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    Managing and securing the world of mobile computing is an evolving art, as a quartet of vendors showed at Mobile World Congress, each taking different approaches to the challenge.
  • Google threatens to ban insecure apps on Android: News: Google to ban all Android apps

    Posted March 2, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    Google has promised again to delete apps from Android Market that are able to steal all a user's photos or contacts without notice. The problem isn't the apps, though; it's the holes in Android security so big apps can't help but fall through. Time to stop blaming insecure apps, take responsibility for Android security and fix the holes. If Microsoft could do it, Google can.
  • RSA teams to bolster security for Apple, Google, RIM devices

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    RSA, the security division of EMC, today said it would collaborate with several mobile and virtualization platform vendors to integrate RSA two-factor authentication and risk-detection technologies.
  • McAfee unveils new mobile security tools

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 8:37 am

    McAfee used the venue of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as an opportunity to announce new techniques and tools for protecting mobile devices, data, and apps. Mobile devices are a huge target for malware and cyber attackers, and McAfee wants to ensure organizations have the tools to use the mobile devices securely.
  • RFID credit cards are easy prey for hackers, demo shows

    Posted February 1, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    It's been known for some time that there are security issues associated with the increasing use of RFID tags in credit cards, but this past weekend afforded a fresh demonstration of just how easy it is for hackers to take advantage of them.
  • Managing mobile tech is the gift that keeps on giving IT headaches

    Posted November 22, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    Managing mobile IT was a hot topic in the media two years ago. There are fewer stories now, but more headaches in the data center because mobile IT raises new issues almost as fast as the old ones can be solved.
  • 'Dirty Dozen' most insecure smartphones share same problem: negligence

    Posted November 21, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    All the 12 most vulnerable smartphones run Android, according to Bit9. The reason they're insecure isn't the operating system; it's the failure of manufacturers to update them.
  • Review

    CA Mobile Security app: Lots of features, but not many feel finished

    Posted November 20, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    Joining the ranks of countless other paid mobile malware apps, CA Mobile Security does very little to stand out from the crowd. The user interface is not very user friendly, and there is no help menu with which you can learn the ins and outs of the app. CA does offer free technical support if you have any questions, but most people probably won't want to call a help line in order to get a smartphone app up and running. Like most other security apps, CA Mobile Security allows you to set parental controls, backup and restore a device, and scan for malware but in the time I've spent with the app I have noticed several quirks and bugs that set it behind its competition.
  • The mobile security survival guide

    Posted November 17, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    A collection of articles to help you understand the mobile threat and plan your security program accordingly.
  • Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, goes to developers with better mail, faster graphics

    Posted November 1, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    Near-field communications using Android Beam promises to be a major security risk, as does the promiscuously social networking design in Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich. Big improvements in graphics and staples like the email client and VPN support may make up for it.

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