by Penny C
A lot of us have made the choice to upgrade our phones to “smart-phones” and most of those smart phones run Android OS. As we all know Android is an open-source OS and is vulnerable to attacks, just like our computers are. Attacks could be in the form of sending and receiving SMS/MMS, extract private information from the phones or make the phone unusable. Now for those of us who have unlimited text messaging plan, the cost incurred from those SMS/MMS is not much of an issue but the phone has been compromised. Per article, the attacks occur through cellular networks, Bluetooth, the Internet (WiFi, 3G), USB and other connections. Smart-phones have not been around as long as computers but malware for smart phones took 2 years to get to the level that the computers took 20 years. The astounding speed is due to the experience gained through writing malware for computers, according the authors. So smart-phone security is becoming a fore-front battle.