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Phone Hacking: Are we safe?


Recent top international news about hacking of celebrity phones by news reporters from News of the World, a now defunct British tabloid newspaper published by News International. The allegations are that the individuals and reporters working for the newspaper are engaged in phone hacking. All this has brought mobile phone security in spotlight again.

All said and done the average citizen has started to worry about their privacy. Is phone hacking more serious and going to affect even the average person using cell phone? The answer is average person has nothing to worry as the targets are mostly the high profile celebrities, politicians or newsmakers.

The average mobile phone user should worry about other threats that involves social engineering exploits and malware threats. Smartphone users specially Android based phone users are at more risk of getting infected. Due to the popularity of Android phones and its open source nature it has attracted attention of the cyber criminals as their next easy target after Windows PCs.

Since Google allows third party applications on their open source Android it has become more easy for malware writers to plant a Trojan or malicious application at Android Market place or even at other places. There are several malicious tools that makes phone tapping and phone tracing easy which can be miss-used by those who are interested in hacking some bodies phone or tracing someone’s phone activities.

We recommend smartphone users to be cautions when downloading/installing any new applications to your phone and should have a good mobile security software installed on the phone. We are happy to inform that Quick Heal Mobile Security for Android will be soon announced.

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