ITBusiness - Why you need to manage smartphone security risks

(22-Jul-10) Although there aren't any prevalent security attacks or threat mechanisms associated with smartphones in the market today, security vendors and analysts are urging mobile device users to use security best practices on them, just as they would with their computers.

With recent advancements around mobile devices and technologies, particularly smartphone devices, more and more people are staying connected both in the home and office environments.

Andrew Jaquith, a senior analyst at Forrester Research based in Cambridge, Mass., said the new breed of smartphones, such as Android and iPhone-based devices, are built on operating systems that are “fairly-well locked down.” However, although he said using these types of devices are “generally safer than PCs because malware can't run on them,” there are still privacy and data risks to be aware of.

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