Mobile Devices

Smartphones represent the future of mobile telephony. In April 2013 they exceeded 55% of the mobile phone market, and will surely replace conventional mobile phones sooner or later. For many people, such devices are much more than just telephones. They can be used for Internet banking, Facebook, taking and storing photos, organizing one’s entire life. This brings some risks; the same features that benefit the user make the devices attractive to criminals. Smartphones can be infected with malicious software, and sensitive data can be stolen. Phishing attacks work just as effectively with smartphones as with any other device.

Using a desktop or Laptop PC without security software has become unthinkable. With mobile phones, this sense of responsibility has not yet reached the majority of users, even though important personal data, personal photos and even company data may be stored on smartphones. Due to automatic synchronization of emails and even files via cloud storage services, more may be stored on the phone than the user really wants.

Mobile phones are small but expensive, making them a target for thieves. Security software must make it difficult for thieves to access the data on them, reducing the attractiveness of stealing them. Without protection, criminals have an easy job. After stealing a phone, the thief swaps the SIM card, and the phone is no longer reachable by its owner. Alternatively, they may leave the original SIM card in and make calls at the owner’s expense, or use it for further criminal activities. To counteract such scenarios, modern security products for mobile phones are equipped with a range of different features.