Although there is malware attacking all operating systems, increasingly the attacks are targeting the Android Market.
One of the key strengths of Android, being open source, also provides an avenue for exploitation. The Android Market doesn’t have the stringent filtering process used by Apple, for example, meaning that it is much easier to become infected with malicious software. Google has partially remedied the situation with an Android “Kill Switch” update, but doesn’t go far enough.
Mobile security can be enhanced in many ways. For example, BES has hundreds of policies that can be controlled and used to help lock down devices for enhanced security.
In addition, here are some easy user-level tips to be more secure:
• Only download from trusted sources
• Be mindful of what persmissions and access the downloaded app will request
• Keep your Mobile OS and software up-to-date
• Avoid sites that have questionable content. They are havens for malware.
• VPN Access: When accessing corporate network resources via smartphone, use a SSL VPN connection to secure the session.
• Password protect your mobile device to avoid personal data being accessed
The Mobile device revolution has increased productivity for businesses, and made communication more convenient for the public at large, but these benefits do not come without risks. Remain mindful of these risks, and take appropriate precautions so that your mobile device, data,m and personal information are secure.