Way, way back in 1995, a friend of ours was showing us his new “portable” phone. It looked more like a suitcase than a phone. The only security threat to that phone was having it stolen. Because of it’s price tag, ($3,000) and novelty, everyone wanted one.
We have come a long way since then. Today phone security threats are focused on data inside the phone, not so much the phone itself. The age of the Smartphone has made our phones just as important as our laptops, if not more.
Here’s more from Lauren Johnson, editorial assistant at Mobile Marketer.
Security threats increase, smartphones not protected: study
By Lauren Johnson
June 16, 2011
Security threats increase, smartphones not protect
Only four percent of mobile devices are secure
Despite a steady increase in threats from device loss and threats, malware and viruses, only 4 percent of smartphones and tablets are protected with security software, according to a study from Juniper Research.
“Operators and service providers need to recognize the potential value that can be achieved by integrating security features into their products,” said Nitin Bhas, research analyst at Juniper Research, Hampshire, England.
“Bundling security along with other managed services will not only provide incremental revenue, but will also help with better customer satisfaction,” he said.
The article goes on to say how the time is near when we will have to include our smartphones on the list of things to secure, just as we did with out desktop and laptop computers.