Why do discussions about mobile security seem much more intense and pervasive than concerns about PC security? It’s a good question, and deserves a good answer. In a recent interview about mobile protection, our Co-CEO, Omar Khan, noted, ““Security is much broader than what we see from PC security today,” Khan said. “Mobile [security] is more than just anti-virus and anti-malware, it’s also about protecting the personal data you care about.”
In the past we had an array of gadgets to perform our tasks. Most of us remember having a land-line telephone, an answering device, a desktop PC and/or a laptop, cameras, and perhaps, a GPS. Roll all those into one small device that goes everywhere with us and handles all of that, and more. Smartphones have become so valued for the variety of personal information they contain that mobile phone theft has become a major problem in urban areas.
It’s true, PCs began to have malware problems that proliferated with e-mail messages, or “spam.” Over time, criminals devised ways to trick people into giving out their personal information. But PCs didn’t have amazing features like text messaging, voicemail and photo capabilities. We now store oodles of data, images, information and communications on one very portable device that does not sit stationary on a desktop, but travels along with us.
As Omar Khan mentions, when you think of mobile security, consider the wider aspect of mobile privacy. We all have a lot of things we need to protect, whether it’s photos of our kids, business deals, our financial info, or private conversations. Many of us share smartphones with our spouses or kids, and any device that’s mobile is intrinsically more vulnerable to exposure than we’d like.
The next time you pick up your smartphone, consider the potential value it contains for a stranger, and make a point to keep your private matters safe and protected.
See the entire interview with Omar Khan.