The Downsides to Mobile Life: Part 1- Security

30 July 2009

Mobile technology doesn’t only exist, it’s become life for an increasing number of people. Texting allows the online world to be extended beyond the computer, so one is always connected to friends and online. However, there are some downsides to this type of lifestyle that come in many forms and factor in a lot of different places. First and foremost is security.

In theory, mobile technology is more convenient and more secure than things that are connected to the Internet via a direct route, because they are much more difficult to infect with viruses and to hack (though be aware there are viruses for mobile phones and other devices out there). Each online account would be tied to a phone, and that’s carried on one’s person.

In practice, however, things don’t work quite like that, due to the simple fact of human nature.

So far, there’s no fail-safe way to prevent a lot of the security issues that arise with many mobile devices. Until such devices get more complex and producers realise that security will become a significant problem, no real improvements will happen unless human nature itself changes. Until then, there are some simple ways to stay safer:

From what I know, there’s currently not a significant threat virus and software-wise to most mobile devices. However, that’s not to say that there is NO threat- a virus was discovered for a specific brand of phones fairly recently. Once there is a true threat, simply keep up with the latest software, providing you have an updatable phone, or take precautions to stay safe, such as those listed above.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of The Downsides to Mobile Life, coming next week!

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