Mobile Security for Protecting Devices Gains Steam

September 19, 2011

Tech firms are ramping up offerings for businesses and consumers on mobile security, responding to the growing threat from hackers and viruses hitting mobile devices.  

Mobile devices are "uniquely more sensitive than PCs," because "the device is with you all the time," says Tarek Alawdeen with Trend Micro.

And the mobile threat is not about just about protecting against viruses, Kevin Mahaffey, chief technical officer of Lookout Mobile Security, which specializes in security services for Android and BlackBerry handsets, told USA Today. "Security involves everything that could go wrong with your mobile device," he said.

Companies such as Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, and Webroot, as well as others, are spotlighting their mobile-security services more to respond to the growing threats. A subscription for mobile security services usually costs about $30 a year and can include everything from anti-virus protection and backup data storage to the ability to remotely lock a missing device or even wipe clean all of its data. 

Only about 16 percent of consumers have installed the most up-to-date security on their mobile devices, according to a recent survey by Symantec of 12,704 respondents in 24 countries. About 10 percent of respondents reported being the victim of a mobile-related cybercrime, according to the survey. 

Source: “Anti-Virus Firms Push Security Software for Mobile Devices,” USA Today (Sept. 18, 2011)

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