Why smartphones are vulnerable
The answer: because most users don’t understand what smartphones really are: mini-computers which, accidentally, can also be used to place or receive calls. Many users still perceive smartphones as just phones with nice screens and loaded with a lot of awesome tools.
Cybersecurity was never an issue with ordinary land line phones and older, simple mobile phones. In essence the word “Phone” in “Smartphone” caused many people to think that nothing really changed.
Even in my inner circle of nerds and geeks there are still some who don’t give security much thought. On the second day of CTIA 2013™, CTIA (The Wireless Association®) released a consumer survey revealing users’ attitudes toward cybersecurity. The result didn’t really surprise me: less than one in five users understands what smartphones really are.
You can download the complete survey (PPT format) here.