While most people have a good understanding of the threats that can affect them online through their home computer or laptop, and act to counter these threats through software and regularly installing updates, mobile security is another story. A study of 500 people in five countries by internet security specialist Norton, found that although 80 per cent of people own at least one mobile device, only half of us think mobile threats are a “real and present danger.”
The opposite is true, however. With more personal information than ever stored on mobile devices, smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are becoming attractive targets for cybercriminals.
Only 42 per cent of Australians using smartphones protect them with a password, and 33 per cent of those surveyed were unaware their phone could be remotely tracked using GPS technology.
Various device and data-loss protection measures are available and, now that Apple has acquired tech security company AuthenTec, fingerprint sensors could soon become commonplace on its mobile devices, particularly in relation to online payments. Fingerprint technology is already used in Japan to authenticate mobile payments.
Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec is considered a smart move because of the company’s hold on patents applicable to the fingerprint biometric industry.