09 December 2011

Is a smartphone really a smart choice?

I recently ordered a free smart phone with a very cheap subscription (sounds really Dutch). Is it a smart choice? I can not afford an iPhone subscription or other more expensive subscription, but after a few seconds after turning on my smart phone some other person was already making menu choices for me! Looks funny when someone goes through the menu of my phone without me touching any part of the touch screen. Looks like it is already hacked. It is Phone of the year in my country (what were the criteria, certainly not security).

Is there a really secure smart phone then? NO!

Do you value your privacy? Then here is a sad small article from InSecure Magazine. Insecure phones top 10.

The most vulnerable smartphones

Bit9 highlighted the most vulnerable popular
smartphones in use today. The devices on the
list pose the most serious security and privacy
risk to consumers and corporations.
Fifty six percent of Android phones in the
marketplace today are running out-of-date and
insecure versions of the Android operating
system software. The study found that
smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung,
HTC, Motorola and LG often launch new
phones with outdated software out of the box,
and they are slow to upgrade these phones to
the latest and most secure versions of
Android. In some cases, the phones are not
updated at all, as the manufacturers shift their
focus to newer models, leaving existing
customers stranded with insecure software.

Here is a picture with some of the common
Bugs on Mobile Apps.

The “Dirty Dozen” list includes:
1. Samsung Galaxy Mini
2. HTC Desire
3. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
4. Sanyo Zio
5. HTC Wildfire
6. Samsung Epic 4G
7. LG Optimus S
8. Samsung Galaxy S
9. Motorola Droid X
10. LG Optimus One
11. Motorola Droid 2
12. HTC Evo 4G

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