Spyware in Smart Phones – A Growing Threat

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Our mobile phones have been our companion in our daily lives. We make use of it to communicate with people here or in abroad, and because of recent innovations in telecommunications, our phones now can do more than just call. A smart phone, which is what phones are commonly called nowadays, can manage personal information and go to the World Wide Web. We use phones to go online, check email, take videos and pictures, store relevant information like important bank account numbers, credit card number, contact lists or address book and important files which we normally store in an attaché case in the old days.

World governments have spent millions in trying to protect the infrastructure in which this marvel in communication technology depend on but it seems that whatever ways security experts come up with in terms of protection and preserving privacy of our devices, there are still ways in which intruders can gain access to our private information. The most notorious method in which these intruders can gain access to our private information is through the use of Spywares.

Spyware is actually a type of software that is secretly installed in not only our personal computers but also in our mobile devices which also function as a mobile computer in today’s mobile computing world. It collects information about users computing habits without their consent. Independent sources also have concluded that the installed software could enable intruders unauthorized access to our private or confidential information stored on the user’s mobile phone. There are also confirmed reports that intruders can even listen to user’s private conversations over the phone thus obtaining pertinent information which can be used for identity theft.

In the United Kingdom, legislation has recently been passed obligating companies to educate their employees in the proper handling of data to prevent intrusions thus compromising confidential data. Other steps that is recommended to protect your data is that you should always verify the source of the data being sent to your mobile phone maybe it be via email or internet, SMS message, Bluetooth, or Infrared. If the info being sent to you is from an unknown source it is recommended that you not open the file or delete it right away.

Source by Jay Javelosa


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