Taking iPhone Security Seriously

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2009-11-09 Print this article Print

5. The iPhone is a PC

Users don't often consider the iPhone to be more than a mobile phone. But as the device becomes more sophisticated, they should assume that it is. It might not require security software (yet), but like a computer, there are numerous ways for malicious hackers to find their way into an iPhone, steal data and run amuck. If users are careful with their PCs, back up iPhone data and ensure that they visit safe sites, they will have a better chance of staying safe.

6. Bad guys are watching

As more iPhones are sold, more malicious hackers will want to exploit users. They know that owners aren't necessarily thinking about security first. They know that the iPhone has been relatively untested, giving users a false sense of security. And they also know that many iPhones contain a lot of valuable information. As the Ikee exploit has shown, some folks want to make their way into the iPhone.

7. The Ikee worm is a warning

It might be easy for some to cast Ikee aside as a harmless prank, but that probably isn't the best idea. Ikee has proven that there is a way into the iPhone, or at least into jailbroken iPhones. And it also proves that the more users believe that there isn't anything to worry about, the more they really will need to worry. Ikee might be the first of many attempted exploits. We need to be ready.

8. Targeting the iPhone

Although it might sound obvious, Ikee has also proven that the iPhone is a target. The BlackBerry wasn't targeted. Android-based devices weren't targeted. It was the iPhone that the hackers went after. If nothing else, that should make users wary.

9. It's not just an international problem

Some iPhone users might think that Ikee is only a threat to Australian users. But those living in the United States and Canada are absolutely at risk. So far, at least, there haven't been any major outbreaks here to make users think otherwise. But rest assured that there will be worms making their way to North America. It's only a matter of time.

10. Nothing is totally secure

If nothing else, Ikee has proven that no matter the platform or operating system, no tech product is absolutely secure. Because of that, it's incumbent upon us all to remember that when it comes to mobile security, PC security or anything else, we're never totally safe. Therefore, we need to engage in practices that it will maximize our security potential. It's important. Especially as the iPhone enters the cross hairs.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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