If you’re much like the average smartphone user, chances are security is a secondary concern to you. Sure, it’s nice to hear that a smartphone you’re considering buying has highly rated security, but usually that’s about as far as care or understanding goes.
Typically, “highly rated security” is further described via lengthy, coded encryption certifications the average consumer doesn’t understand, but which sound nice. And the actual need for strong mobile security is usually explained away in a vague notion, such as that “we live our lives more than ever through our smartphones,” so they should be more secure.
That phrase is certainly accurate, and for some it’s enough to drive them to care about the security of their mobile devices. But there are also some more specific reasons that mobile phone security matters more now than ever before.
One-Touch Payments :
The idea of mobile payments was really exciting a few years ago, but didn’t take hold as quickly as some believed it would. That’s beginning to change though. Apple Pay, perhaps the most high profile means of one-touch digital payment, has shown increases in usage, and it’s not alone.
It’s becoming the norm for people to have their mobile devices connected to bank accounts and other means of paying for goods and services via the touch of a screen. Specific security risks related to this vary, but the idea is that our finances aren’t very far beneath the surface anymore, which makes them more vulnerable.
Paid Recreation :
Once upon a time, mobile gaming and entertainment were fairly well disconnected from finances. Now, however, the average mobile game tends to be connected to an account that allows for swift in-app purchases.
Additionally, numerous quality apps have emerged to bring the online casino industry to mobile devices, and naturally there’s a great deal of financial involvement in these cases. On our phones, we now connect our finances to casino accounts, ordinary games, and other recreational apps – which again, just puts the financial information that much closer to the surface.
More Focus From Hackers :
In the past, hackers have largely targeted computers. Once that meant desktops and then, increasingly, laptop devices. Now, however, smartphones are becoming the primary targets, which inherently makes them more vulnerable. That’s not to say the smartphone companies aren’t up to the challenge, but basic logic dictates that if hackers are more focused on hacking smartphones, they’re more likely to – regardless of security or precautions.
More Connectivity :
This is a very vague point, but arguably the most important one here. With each passing month, if not each passing day, we connect our smartphones to more things: more accounts, more websites, more apps, more payment methods, more people, more social networks, etc. Increasing connectivity via mobile device is a reality of modern life.
Unfortunately however, the more spread out we get with our tech-based connections, the more vulnerable we may be to security breaches.
Style Over Substance :
There’s also some concern these days that in their haste to compete with one another smartphone manufacturers might substitute some security for the sake of style. The best example may be Apple’s popular Face ID feature, which allows users to unlock their own phones simply by looking at them. Almost as soon as iPhones with this capability came out, news broke that hackers had beaten the system.
That doesn’t mean it’s easy for them to do so, but it does speak to the idea that a cool new “security” feature like Face ID might ultimately be more about style than substance, intensifying the need for us to focus on security elsewhere.