There is without a doubt a continued threat growing within the mobile device ecosystem. Thanks to the rise in popularity of the smart phone which continues to replace the archaic mobile platforms, we are beginning to see the exposure of vulnerabilities nearly every single day that passes. Everything from the recent revelation that even GMAIL suffers from one of the most obscene security vulnerabilities to the fact that even a Whatsapp spy free download hack tool can be easily distributed, it is without a doubt a threat which only continues to grow more concerning and apparent. We have to do something about this.
What can we do as consumers? We must push for a change among developers and designers alike. First and foremost must be the importance of having pre-loaded software included on mobile devices; nearly every modern computer is coming installed with at least some sort of anti-viral software so why are our phones lacking this? A smart phone is nothing short of a personal, pocket sized computer that just so happens to be able to make and receive calls. It is for all intents and purposes nothing but a computer that fits in the palm of our hand but we do not treat it as such.
Second, we should begin developing more accessible encryption tools. Many of the current hacks that we have seen making the news, like those of recent celebrities having their photos leaked online, stem from the fact that cloud computing is increasingly vulnerable. The idea that we have this sensitive data simply floating out on a cloud’s ecosystem without it being encrypted or behind multiple layers of security and verification setups is absolutely absurd. Yes, all of this may take time to implement but we will be better off for it by living in a more secure age.