Mobile phones have evolved tremendously over the years, since the first phone the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was available to market in 1983, year after year we have experienced how much mobile technology and communications has changed our lives.
I can still remember those days of playing Snake on my Nokia 6110 and taking twenty minutes to send a basic text message. Then, it was around 2001 when Sony Ericsson introduced a colour screen which was the most incredible development in mobile technology, with the animated Earth spinning round as the screen saver.
Then came the first camera phone…
In 2002 Europe saw its first camera phone from the Nokia 7650 and this was certainly the stereotypical “Brick” sized phone as I’m sure most of us called it back then. From 2003 – 2006 Blackberry were heavily involved in the business mobile market with access to emails, web-browsing and a more user-friendly experience with the Blackberry Pearl and the Curve.
Moving on to 2007 when the late Steve Jobs introduced the first-generation iPhone which took the world by storm and created a whole new experience for mobile technology, with a user-friendly interface with IOS and being able to download thousands of applications it opened up a whole new industry. Then the Android was introduced not long after, creating the everlasting competition between Android and IOS.
Mobile technology today..
Today, Smartphones are so advanced it’s the same difference as keeping a mini desktop PC in your pocket, twenty-four hours a day, in some cases, more powerful than your typical desktop PC. There are now around 3.8 million Android apps and 2 million Apple apps available in app stores.
There are applications for most things these days, from controlling your thermostat at home, to managing your business documents, emails and even CRM system. Smartphones have helped us keep closer and more engaged with friends, family and our clients.
Since Smartphones are like mini computers, allowing you to store more information, it’s always a good idea to be cautious about where you’re documenting personal information. Since Cyber Crime is on the rise and we may start to see more cases of Smartphones being breached, here are a few pointers to be aware of:
App Downloads – Since there are millions of apps available now, there are bound to be a few fake apps that slip through the cracks, I have personally been a victim of this. Always review the apps, customer reviews and feedback, but more importantly research the developers to ensure they have a good reputation if you are uncertain about downloading an app.
Social Media – For the most part, social media (if used correctly) is safe to use, although Cyber Criminals can use social engineering to deploy ads which when installed, can display full screens ads outside of your social media app. So, watch out when clicking on ads in Facebook or other social media apps.
Email Links and Attachments – I know many of us have our personal and work email setup on our smartphones, but just as you would receive a malicious email in Outlook, the same applies to your Smartphone. So, always make sure you recognise the senders email address before opening links or attachments; having Anti-Spam software can help you create that layered protection, or If you are uncertain about an email, just delete it.
It’s so easy to connect to the world with Smartphones now and creating good practices can help prevent Cyber Criminals targeting you or your business through your mobile.
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