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Have you thought about what dangers lie smartphones? If your idea on this issue related solely to worry that someone can peek over your shoulder while you use your phone, think again.

Smartphones are still a relatively new technology, which means that there are still security holes waiting to be solved. Of course, should not become paranoid, because there are ways to protect ourselves. This, however, is extremely important to be aware of these risks and to be active in terms of the actions we take to protect it.

1. Failures in communication protocols

There is no doubt that the popularity of the Internet is one of the main stages of human development. Internet gave us many useful and unique features, but unfortunately opened the door for many malicious activities. Shortcomings of the global network that constantly threaten us. On the one hand, the data are no longer available only from physical media. There were times when the files were transferred through a physical medium such as a floppy disk or USB drive. Today, our data freely ‘bear’ in the air. That is why today our data are more easily detectable, which means that we need a more secure communication protocols. Although already exist methods for encoding information, the problem is that people do not care enough of the problem and not encode their messages. So they become a victim syndrome “That will not happen to me.”

German researchers recently discovered a significant vulnerability of SS7 – the global network through which mobile operators redirect calls, messages and other services to each other. SS7 has a number of serious shortcomings which collapsed confidentiality of billions of users of mobile connections worldwide. Those who understand the specifics of the functions built into SS7, can detect a user’s location anywhere in the world, to eavesdrop conversations or to record hundreds of encrypted calls and text messages simultaneously to further transcript. Since the protocols were developed back in 1970, it is not difficult to understand why they have security holes, but newer technologies are not safer unfortunately. Protocol NFC, which allows modern smartphones to transfer data with physical touch can also be detected.

2. Viruses smartphone reality

Do not think that only Windows users need to worry about viruses. The truth is that each operating system has its risks and mobile platforms for smartphones are not out of this rule. Android, iOS, Windows Phone – none of them is ‘armored’ and protected from viruses. According to the National Vulnerability Database in 2014 over 200 vulnerabilities were discovered in iOS, the platform on which consumers regard as the most reliable. So you should be aware that your mobile device can intercept virus from different places, including the unlicensed application stores. Click here to see which are the most reliable antivirus applications for Android OS.

3. Built-in security gaps

Apple recently came under the spotlight when security researchers discovered a security hole in iOS. They claimed that Apple deliberately left door that lets you download encrypted data upon request from any iOS device. Then the most surprising from Apple confirmed that there was a back door. After this event, many people wondered ‘How backdoors have my smartphone?’. Some studies in North Carolina State University, ten Android models from Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony are analyzed for security vulnerabilities. Of all vulnerabilities, 60% of the applications that are pre-loaded by the producers themselves of the devices. Of course, not all of these pre-installed applications are designed to open backdoors and security drill. Many of them are innocent tools proved to be dangerous. But that does not soothe nor answer the question how can we trust the manufacturers of smartphones.

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