social security By: Mackenzie Hill-Strathy Image by nouspique
As of May 1, 2011, there were 381,062 apps available in the Apple Store. Image by Theory And 294,738 apps available for the Android. That’s 675,800 apps for just two carriers.
Worldwide, over 30 million apps are downloaded every day Image by liquidx
Yet at the present, there is little to no anti-virus protection for mobile phones. Creating “a very attractive criminal playground.” – Rik Ferguson, BBC Image by shaggy359
In March 2011, 50 Android apps were found to contain a virus called DroidDream. In disguise as ordinary apps, such as one that allowed you to play the guitar on your phone, the virus collected all data on the phone and sent it to a remote server. Collectively, these apps were downloaded over 200,000times Image by salendron
The App Genome Project is currently studying 300,000 apps. The study of the first 100,000 has already been completed. So far they have found that: Image byaranarth One third of applications try to get the user’s location 10% try to get at contact and address lists A significant number of apps use copied and pasted code
Image by seandreilinger While it is typical for a family to have only one computer, there could be multiple smart and cell phones per family. Phones have become much more personal and thus, more widespread.
Image by databhi Sympatico reported that last year there were over 286 million threats to computer security So imagine how many hackers will begin to target mobile technology…
But in reality how cautious are we towards giving out personal information on our smart phones? Image by xadrian
78% are willing to share their gender 75% are willing to share their email address 65% are willing to share their full name (Survey done by TRUSTe) Image by darkolina
Are we simply ignorant that our information is being stolen, do we just not bother to read those 50 page user agreements, or do we merely just not care? Image by Immagina
Image by jon.t Surprisingly, more than half of app users say they have actually read the private policy before downloading an app However, In TRUSTe’s study of the top 340 free mobile apps, merely 25% had a link to the private policy.
Maybe money is the binding constraint? 37% are willing to share personal information in exchange for free or lower priced apps Image by alles-schlumpf
The rise of geolocational apps only pose an increased threat to mobile security Yet still only 35% of mobile users are willing to give out their location Image by shapeshift
iPhone users are most likely to give out their location, with 53% vs. 38% for Android. Most likely because iPhone users feel more secure. Anyone is allowed to post an app in the Android store, leading to a natural hesistation before downloading. Image by theOOBE Image by SaadIrfan
"Over time, you get used to more…I think people are getting used to sharing more, and they are willing to accept that certain types of things that were private aren't private anymore. We also have certain expectations that have shifted because we just live our lives more online than we ever have.” – Michael Fauscette, IDC Image by Bright Tal
Image by kk+ But how can you tell if your information has been stolen?
Deteriorating battery life Increased monthly phone bills Strange numbers appearing on phone bills Image by st a ge 8
20 million Right now there is a huge void in the market for mobile security which needs to be filled. From big antivirus companies such as McAfee to smaller telephone manufacturers such as Nokia, everyone is in competition to be the first on the market. Estimated to be spent by 2014 Image by Stuck in Commons
IImage by nouspique “It’ll take a little time for this to go mass market.” -John Stankey, AT&T
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