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Beware Spyware on your phone

A recent article on wkyc.com brought home to us the fact that, as we move from computers to greater use of smart-phones, that hackers and malware writers are never too far away.

The story highlights one of the key issues with malware in general, and that is education.

You see, it doesn’t matter if you have the latest and greatest anti-malware products, anti-spam products or other specialist software, if your behaviour is not kept in check to help you to protect yourself.

As an analogy, it’s like having the best front door lock in the world fitted, but leaving the door open, or a key under the mat. All the security in the world won’t help you if you circumvent it.

This has broader implications beyond the frightening story linked above. Industrial espionage being just one problem that springs to mind.

The key to staying safe, on any device is:

  • Never download anything you are not sure about.
  • Even if you are sure about it, a quick “Google” check might change your mind.
  • Remember to be on your guard at ALL times.
  • IT departments need to get a handle on this. For instance, if there is a known exploit on a device, you need to consider if you want to let that device on your network. Or your staff to use such a device for web surfing.
  • The usual caveats apply to mobile devices as they do to laptops and desktop machines.

Let us know if you hear of any exploits so we can feature them on our blog and keep you up-to-date.

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About Justin Bellinger

Justin is an experienced software professional, having worked in software and software security for nearly 20 years. Justin is VP of Security Products at SPAMfighter.
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