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Mobile Cybersecurity – What are the biggest problems?

Are cybercriminals turning their attention to smartphones? (Photo credit: liewcf via under the following Creative Commons licence)

Are cybercriminals turning their attention to smartphones?  (ZDNet)
(Photo credit: liewcf via under the following Creative Commons licence)

Jeff Peters, Editor at Hacksurfer, asked five cybersecurity experts about the the biggest problems of cybercrime and cybersecurity in the use of mobile devices. Here are the main ideas:

  1. Mobile as an Identity Vehicle – As smartphones will become devices to be used as a replacement for your identity card (think e.g. of payment) this may become a security issue.
  2. Mobile Email Threat – As emails often look different on mobile devices it’s easier to become a victim of e.g. phishing.
  3. Not Everything Needs to Be Connected – Some data is so important that it never should be accessible outside an enterprise/organization.
  4. Building a Comprehensive Profile – Personal information stored on mobiles may be stolen and used to build profiles that enable fraud.
  5. Wrong Impressions About Security – People think mobiles are safe for the wrong reason. For example using your mobile to receive a password via SMS while using your PC for banking is safe because two different devices and channels are used. If you run you banking in the same mobile device that’s receives the password it’s not safe.

For details please go to HackSurfer Cybercrime Info – Experts Weigh In: The Future of Mobile.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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