Oops… you are caught!!!

When Doctor Martin Cooper invented the cell phone, his thought must have not traveled the horizons to the extend today his invention is being used. He might have invented it for the purpose of easy communication, though with the advancement of device, now anything and everything is possible using a cell phone.

My imagination goes beyond what’s happening these days and if I relate it this way- I can eat through cell phones … I can drink through cell phones and I can sleep through cell phones….  – I may not be wrong… I guess!

To this I can add – I can have fun through cell phones too!

The modern cell phones / smart phones not only facilitate taking pictures and video clips but also sending them to some one too. No doubt this seems to be a great tool to share candid moments with friends and family at a later time. However, we all know that there are some pictures and videos which we access secretly for our pleasure. Now, that’s were you are caught!

No…. no… no…. I don’t say that you will be caught watching those pictures or videos secretly, but I mean to say that you may be caught and be a victim of some hackers.

I remember some time back a professional hacker announced in an IT security conference that he could hack any cell phone or iPhone in the world by just a text message. Cell phone getting hacked is not a new thing these days. There are infinite victims to it and seems that with the advancement in technology, it will too reach heights.

I also remember reading about a so called ‘Sexy View worm’ attacking the cell phones. All it does is sending a text inviting users to look at pictures and, if unfortunately user tries to look at the pictures, it will take over the phone just the way a Botnet takes over a computer, and then send itself to the entire contact list. As many of us mix business and pleasure via mobile devices, it is more of a struggle to keep sensitive information safe.

As we see that these smart cell phones today have all the power of computers, this means that a smart phone can fall prey of all the same types of attacks that could happen to a computer. These attacks include viruses and other malware, activities like Phishing for passwords and other information; theft of data stored on or sent to or from the phone, and spam. Also, with social media expanding to mobile devices and proving as successful marketing strategy, many threats are attacking these sites and it is quite common to find a malicious URL link. Text messages also are a very common way to receive malware.

It is not at all possible to ban the use of cell phones, seems impractical right ??? But I feel that if we take the security issues little seriously we can be saved from being caught.

All you need to do is try to follow some security practices that can help you keep cell phones out of harm’s way like, having a password protection on your cell phone and using encryption. You can use Anti-Virus for your cell phone and make sure you keep it up to date. With this you will be able to protect your cell phone from viruses and other malware. Though at times we are eager, but if possible, avoid opening suspicious or unsolicited SMS, even if it appears to come from someone you know else you might end up paying for that premium call. Also avoid downloading or installing applications from insecure / unknown websites.

Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have been the target for some of the recent most successful Phishing attacks. And these days accessing these sites on cell phone are very common. Hence beware of such attacks. Do not use your passwords or other personal information to any site or service, you feel suspicious about. Do not store your sensitive banking information and passwords on your mobile.

We usually prefer Bluetooth as an alternative to a physical wire, helping us to connect with appropriate devices within its range. This can too lead to a Malware attack, like CommWarrior. Hence, make sure your Bluetooth is off as a default setting. Apart from this, also make sure you use the secured Wi-Fi network, which you know and trust.

In case you lose your cell phone, make sure you inform your service provider and block the SIM card.

Not only security of your cell phone is in your hands, but also of the data in it too!

Isn’t it ????????


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rohit
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 06:55:53

    Wow.. you caught it right!

    Good one!

    keep writing.


  2. Shaheen
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 06:57:25

    Thank u so much!


  3. Harish Sohane
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 08:41:46

    Good One. Keep it up.


  4. Sandesh Shrivastava
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 12:53:00

    I required more information about it. Thanks and keep it continue


  5. Dr. C. K. Giriya
    Jun 12, 2011 @ 15:31:50

    Nice one Rakhi. Very informative too.


  6. Nishith
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 10:17:46

    Nice one Rakhi…..Nishith


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