Mar 02 2011

How secure are the smart phones?

Published by under Android,Security

Somewhere between all the different activities that fill up a normal week, it is only acknowledging there is no time for everything and it will be a priority. Among all these different priorities there has been the purchase of a new mobile phone and it is only to admit that new technology is not always bad, even though I had my thoughts on so-called smart phones. Apple iPhone or Android was the first question, closed or open solution, the latter can be discussed in isolation if Google’s control of Android OS is a better choice. For the moment, this seemed to be the case in the hope of better opportunities to control an Android phone. The choice finally came down to a Samsung Galaxy 9000 which has more and more taken over the daily surf from my┬áregular work horse since many years back, a ThinkPad T60, which will last a while more.

A few months later, it’s just acknowledging that my Galaxy has come to stay and I’ve begun to trust the so called smart phone more and more. For example, if it’s stable enough, a phone that does not crash too often (which it seems that previous HTC Windows CE seemed to do too often and almost as it was it’s primary function…) results in getting rid of information because I missed doing a proper backup (shame on me). However, none of this type of problem has so far become visible. Sync and backup features work as it should and without problems – So far.

However, many new questions and concerns arise regarding the safety of smart phones. The simplicity of connecting to unknown networks and access to huge amounts of applications. Big plus to Apple for having a stricter process for publishing apps via the App Store. Clearly, if Google implemented a stricter process for this on Android Market they might get less critical articles about malware spreading like wild fire via the Android Market. The ability to spread unwanted and malicious code on both the iPhone and Android feels something too easy when you sit down and look at security. Clearly desirable for Android would be a simpler firewall that indicates what type of outbound and inbound traffic is going for easy blocking …

The pursuit of new features continues and will be continued by utilizing existing network devices and other consumer electronics installed. But what risks do this mean – let’s come back a little further. And finally, it may well be noted that it was great to write these lines on the Galaxy phone during a flight home from Frankfurt.

Kim Haverblad

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