By: MONICA ROZENFELD, IEEE
Of the world’s 7 billion people, 6 billion rely on mobile phones or tablets to bank, shop, post to social media, and monitor their health. With all the personal and professional information being shared, it’s important that data from mobile devices be secure. Yet that’s rarely the case.
Securing such information is no small feat. Unlike applications designed for laptop and desktop computers—often created by just a handful of companies—there are now more than 1 million apps for smartphones and tablets designed by nearly the same number of developers. Many of them are novice designers with little concern for protecting the security and privacy of the data their apps collect and store. Moreover, when downloaded, many of the apps have access to other information in the mobile device, making them potential outlets for data leakage and theft.