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Learn to Counter Recent Security Flaws on Mobile Device

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Recent reports about security flaws on mobile devices worried users on the protection of their personal activities every time they use their phones. The following are the quick look of recent security concerns on mobile devices and tips to prevent hackers and thieves invade your privacy.

Security researcher Trevor Eckhart claimed that Carrier IQ’s diagnostic software, which allegedly installed on 140 million handsets worldwide, has been recording in secret the user data such as Web browsing history and keystrokes. Consumers, privacy advocates and Congress took part on the issue since then. Verizon Wireless claimed that their phones do not have any Carrier IQ’s software. However, Apple, Samsung, AT&T, HTC, Sprint and T-Mobile admit that some of their phones have software from Carrier IQ. Meanwhile, Research In Motion and Nokia said that they do not use the controversial software on their phones. However, some skeptics think that the issue may not progress further since no one has attempted to address the concern such as a peer review or anything like that.

TIP: Interested mobile device users may want to check out a free app that is capable to detect Carrie IQ app on this site http://www.pcworld.com/article/245371/carrier_iq_test_android_app_detects_controversial_software.html

North Carolina State University researchers found out that some pre-loaded apps on Android handsets have major security flaws that could be utilized for stealing data, wiping the handset and listening to calls. The threats were discovered on eight different smartphones from Samsung, Motorola, Google and HTC. According to ZDNet, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that over 150 private sector organizations in 25 countries are capable of tracing mobile devices, intercepting messages and listening to calls as well as accessing e-mail accounts and Internet browsing histories. The stolen information can be sold to private industry partners or even to governments.

TIP: To stay protected, it is necessary to always delete browsing history from mobile phones. If possible, never use mobile phones to make bank transactions or any other major transactions. Making use of laptop or desktop with anti-virus installed is much safer.

Polytechnic Institute of New York University researchers made an experiment by making calls to 10,000 random Skype users and learned that even when recipients did not take the incoming call, their IP addresses were vulnerable and could be used by hackers to locate them, to know what they download and who they chat with.
TIP: Do not turn on Skype if not expecting a call and do not use real name in the username.

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