31 Jan 2012

Build up mobile security against hackers

With the influx of cellphones hitting the market over the past few years, mobile security software may become a much-needed commodity in the next few years, according to a story in The New York Times. The story talked to Chuck Bokath, a senior engineer at Georgia Tech Research in Atlanta, who said most people have no idea how vulnerable they are on their phones.

Bokath looks at phones and tries to breach them to find areas that are vulnerable. One company, Lookout, says that $1 million was stolen from Android phone users in 2011 and there is a likelihood that number will increase in 2012.

“2011 was a watershed year in terms of the types threats we saw emerging. Threats had greater sophistication and were deployed using more innovative and efficient distribution methods,” said Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder and chief technology officer at Lookout. “In 2012, we expect to see the mobile malware business turn profitable. What took 15 years on the PC platform has only taken the mobile ecosystem two years.”

Users looking for defense against these new smartphone hackers should equip themselves with mobile antivirus software to stay as safe as possible on their devices.