Just about everyone can use a smartphone to make their lives easier, and while there have been some scary reports in the media about smartphones being hacked and personal data being compromised, it really isn’t that difficult to keep your phone and your data secure.
As Smartphone use continues to rise, so does the need for using common sense strategies for safeguarding information. In the RSA 2011 Cybercrime Trends Report, the RSA (The Security Division of EMC) reported that the growing tendency to use smartphones as computing devices subjects them to similar security challenges as computers. RSA identifies several smartphone usage trends:
- Explosive growth of mobile devices as computing tools
- Number of downloaded applications (25 billion in 2011)
- Use in smartphones in every day functions such as emails, web surfing, accessing online accounts, storage of personal data
- Introducing personal computing devices into the enterprise
Since your smartphone is used as a personal computing device, it is important to protect your investment. Here are five simple common sense steps that could safe you loss and worry:
Read On: Common Sense Strategies for Smartphone Security
Ok, Lazaridis didn’t say that but he did end an interview with them when questions turned towards Blackberry’s “problems” with the governments of India and some Middle Eastern countries (video). The issues stem from these governments wanting to gain greater access to Blackberry’s tight security systems. Lazaridis retorts by saying that Blackberry is being singled out because of their success and that there are no security problems whatsoever.
Read the whole story here.
RIM posts strong quarter, defying critics: RCR Wireless
It would be one thing if Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) was losing spark on the consumer side, which it is, but alarms must be going off at RIM’s headquarters now that news is trickling in about losses on the enterprise side.
iLove Apple products as much as the next guy, but if they’re on a bad network, they’re not at all reaching their potential. I currently carry the new HTC Droid Incredible (on the nation’s best wireless network), and I am here to tell you the iPhone 4G (assuming it makes it to Verizon in 2011) will have to be one bad shut-your-mouth to make me want to leave the Android platform. Apparently consumers agree with the points above, because Android handsets just overtook the iPhone’s #2 position behind RIM/BlackBerry in smartphone sales during Q1 2010.
Also, here’s an interesting article stating that Verizon users have iPhone envy. Likely to very likely, I admit. But I imagine just as many iPhone users have Verizon network envy!
-Jay Witherspoon, Director of Advertising, Cellular Sales
John Harris, a Knoxville Cellular Sales wireless consultant, maintains a Twitter page called BBerryBuzz for customers and BlackBerry users to follow. He posts a variety of tips ranging from new apps to troubleshooting problems and these updates can be sent directly to your phone. BBerryBuzz is free for everyone and can be found here.