2016 / 1 July

Pocket Supercomputers? Yes. But Are They Secure?

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The enormous capabilities of smartphones, tablets, wearables, etc. are definitely “super” but are they secure? I think you can guess the answer to that question.

If you thought your mobile devices were safe, you might want to take a second look at what could be lurking under the covers.

How super are our phones and related mobile devices? Take a look at the cool infographic below and it’s easy to see how for granted we take these incredible devices.  It’s also easy to see why they are such a tempting cybersecurity targets and why they have forever changed the landscape of personal computing.

 

Back to Security.  As you’ve probably guessed, these devices come with a whole host of serious security and privacy concerns that are frequently discussed in the popular media. Here are just a few worrying facts from Symantec’s 2015 Internet Security Threat Report that are worth repeating:

  • Symantec found that 17 percent of all Android apps (nearly one million total) were actually malware in disguise.
  • Grayware apps, which aren’t malicious by design but do annoying and inadvertently harmful things like track user behaviour, accounted for 36 percent of all mobile apps.
  • Of the 6.3 million mobile apps analyzed in 2014, one million of these were classified as malware, while 2.3 million were classified as grayware.

Cyber security is a complex and rapidly evolving area of technology.  But one thing is clear, better solutions are desperately needed. At BluStor, believe the elimination of traditional usernames, passwords, and pins is a critical requirement in the war against cyber crime. Separating the keys of your identity from these devices is essential. The solution is multi-factor biometrics and we are leading the charge  with the industry leading  technology found in our CyberGate platform.

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