Nowadays it is almost impossible to meet someone without a cellphone or more accurately smartphone.  With major players in the market competing in screen resolutions, mobile internet speeds and other performance specifications most of us disregard the security features of our phones. I mean, when you think about it, have you ever compared various smartphones for their security and not number of apps, speed and so on, probably not. That’s because security is hard to measure, especially for an individual user.  On the other hand when it comes to corporate smartphone usage, this is one of the key features, if not number one, that companies consider. Important fact is that there are no programs to test the security of the smartphone’s operating system. Instead consumers bring their devices to their workplaces, where it becomes a headache for its IT specialists since they cannot guarantee safe data transfers. For this reason a lot of companies with sensitive information on their hands, like some branches of military, forbid usage of personal smartphones on the premises of the workplace. 

A point to mention is that Blackberry has been approved for sensitive government use, for that reason it is considered on of the safest smartphones in the market.

Naturally question pops into mind, but maybe there is no threat to an individual user, well if corporate and military trying to secure their data it means there is threat. Of course unlike military and corporations, most of us do not send military secrets that might harm national security, but hey if you send your personal info with attached financial data you might want to be able to know what the risks are and precautions to reduce those risks.

To support these statements the study was conducted at Rutgers University, which disclosed that malicious software for smartphones in fact could pose a greater risk for consumer’s personal and financial data then those risks of computer viruses.  Therefore everyone of us could get his or her personal or financial information stolen without even knowing that’s even possible.  So to answer the question, complete security of the smartphones is as real as unicorns roaming the Grand Canyon. In addition to that it would be pretty safe to say there is no such thing as complete online security, in other words if someone created it – someone could hack it. The only thing we could do is try to be aware of the threats and avoid it. In part 2 we will try to analyze existing operating systems its weaknesses and strengths, stay tuned.