You Are The Weakest Link In Phone Security

 
How secure do you want your phone to be? Do you want to use it for payments, online banking, private messages and storing the intimate details of your day to day life?
 
If you're like most other smartphone users the answer to most of those will be yes.
 
Would you want to hand access to this information to somebody you didn't know and likely wanted to use it to rip you off? I'm guessing the answer here is an emphatic no.
 
In the last week we've heard stories of users having their smartphones compromised because of badly judged actions they have taken.
 
For example, today the BBC is reporting that Android users inadvertently installed ransomware onto their phones when they thought they were downloading a porn viewer from a website, requiring several steps to bypass Android's app security controls.
 
That's monumentally stupid.
 
The application took photos of the users (presumably whilst they were 'enjoying' the porn) and then locked their phones, demanding the payment of a ransom. Nasty.
 
Earlier we heard of iPhone users who gave away the keys to their Apple accounts when jail breaking their devices. Given that most Apple accounts have credit card information linked that's reckless.
 
The truth is that you can never be 100% sure that your device will remain secure, however hard Google, Apple or Microsoft work to keep it so.
 
But you can be 100% sure bypassing the security controls manufacturers put in place will come back to bite you. Hard.
 
Image: Old Noblesville Jail by Valerie Everett.

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