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1. It has been said that a smartphone is a microcomputer in your hand. Discuss the security implications of this statement.
2. What management, organizational, and technology issues must be addressed by smartphone security?
3. What problems do smartphone security weaknesses cause for businesses?
4. What steps can individuals and businesses take to make their smartphones more secure?

Have you ever purchased antivirus software for your iPhone, Android, or cell phone? Probably not. Many users believe that their iPhones and Androids are unlikely to be hacked into because they believe Apple and Google are protecting them from mal-ware apps, and that the carriers like Verizon and AT& T can keep the cellphone network clean from malware just as they do the land phone line system. (Telephone systems are “closed” and therefore not subject to the kinds of the attacks that occur on the open Internet.) Phishing is also a growing smartphone problem. Mobile users are believed to be three times more likely to fall for scams luring them to bogus Web sites where they reveal personal data: Why? Because mobile devices are activated all the time, and small-screen formatting makes the fraud more difficult to detect. So far there has not been a major smartphone hack resulting in millions of dollars in losses, or the breach of millions of credit cards, or the breach of national security.



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