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A new report from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) found that 60 per cent of people who do not have smartphones said that security concerns were the biggest deterrent for getting one.
As excitement builds over the release of the new iPhone 5S, a group of German hackers claim to have infiltrated one of the handset's security features – a fingerprint sensor.
The software, known as Touch ID, was successfully compromised by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) just two days after the handset was released.
The need for mobile application security has become even more apparent, as new figures suggest that the number of downloads from app stores will hit 102 billion this year.
Predictions from Gartner show a significant rise from the 64 billion apps downloaded in 2012 – although it seems people are still sceptical about paying for them.
Android users need to give their mobile application security plenty of consideration, as figures show that just one per cent of apps have properly protected source codes.
As a result, this means that 99 per cent of apps are vulnerable to security threats, potentially putting employee information, credit card numbers and social security data at risk, the Android Mobile Security Index shows.
One of the main reasons why mobile application security continues to affect businesses and consumers alike is that they are unaware of gaps in security.
This is according to a new white paper released by IBM, which showed that some apps are intentionally created to be malicious, where others simply have design flaws.
Users of Android phones now have the opportunity to improve their mobile application security even further, as a new program is launched that enables files to be encrypted and deleted securely.
Known as Silent Text, the app enables messages to be encrypted using a one-time key – as soon as the code has been utilised, it is then destroyed.
Chief information officers will have to give greater consideration to mobile application security as the bring your own device (BYOD) trend gathers momentum, an expert warns.
Tom Suder, president of Mobilegov, highlighted that as new apps are adopted, a whole host of new security challenges start to arise.
Owners of Android devices have been given yet more incentive to consider their mobile application security, as figures show that the operating system is a prime target for attacks.
A memo was sent by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, explaining the extent of the malware that affects these users.
Growth in Australia's mobile device management (MDM) market is likely to create a number of challenges for businesses, new research reveals.
Frost & Sullivan found that as bring your own device (BYOD) schemes and cloud-based deployment models become more popular, the need for adequate mobile application security will rise.