Title: Mobile device security

Authors: Kevin Curran; Vivian Maynes; Declan Harkin

Addresses: Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK ' Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK ' Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK

Abstract: None of the early internet designers has ever foreseen the pervasiveness of its involvement in everyday life. That is why we have so many security and privacy issues today. The landscape is moving all the time with new smartphones hitting the market and new features being rolled out almost weekly. The standard desktop operating system is quickly being overtaken by computing on mobile devices however many of us are unaware of the security vulnerabilities on mobile devices. This paper highlights the security mechanisms deployed to make mobile devices safe for use. Such mechanisms include the choice of mobile device by the user, encryption, authentication, remote wipe capabilities, lost phone hotline, firewalls, utilisation of third party software, intrusion prevention software, anti-virus software and finally Bluetooth.

Keywords: mobile security; mobile devices; network security; malware; smartphones; encryption; authentication; remote wipe capabilities; lost phone hotline; firewalls; third party software; intrusion prevention software; anti-virus software; Bluetooth.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICS.2015.069205

International Journal of Information and Computer Security, 2015 Vol.7 No.1, pp.1 - 13

Published online: 05 May 2015 *

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