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The biggest iPhone security risk could be connecting one to a computer

Apple has done well to insulate its iOS mobile operating system from many security issues, but a forthcoming demonstration shows it's far from perfect.
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BlackBerry patches vulnerabilities in BlackBerry OS, enterprise server software

BlackBerry's focus on strong security as a key differentiator for its devices does not mean that they're completely free of flaws. The company released security updates Tuesday for both the OS running on its smartphones and for its enterprise server software.

Carriers' remote control software still puts mobile devices at risk

Vulnerabilities found in remote management software that carriers insist be installed on smart phones and other mobile-enabled devices they sell are likely to put many devices at risk of compromise for some time to come.

Android vulnerability still a threat after nearly two years

Security researchers have recently found a vulnerability that could be used to hijack Android apps and devices, but an older issue that can have the same effect remains a significant threat nearly two years after its discovery, according to security firm Bromium.

BlackBerry plans to focus on security for the enterprise

Now that BlackBerry has fallen significantly behind Apple and Google in the race to offer features and third-party apps for its smartphones, the company is concentrating on providing devices that, it claims, have the strongest available security -- the killer feature for the enterprise.

BlackBerry offers BES10 as a hosted service through partners

Businesses wanting the security of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 without the complexity of managing it onsite can now buy it as a hosted service from six BlackBerry partners.

File-encrypting Android ransomware 'Simplocker' targets English-speaking users

A ransomware threat that encrypts files stored on the SD memory cards of Android devices has been updated to target English-speaking users with FBI-themed alerts.

Open Wireless Router project aims for better router security, network performance

Advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation wants to address the poor security track record of home routers with a new firmware project that will encourage users to share their Internet connection publicly by setting up guest Wi-Fi networks.

Almost a million fake apps are targeting your phone

Fake apps dressed up to look like official ones but actually designed to steal user data are increasingly targeting Android phone users, according to a study by Trend Micro.

Android bug lets apps make rogue phone calls

A vulnerability present in most Android devices allows apps to initiate unauthorized phone calls, disrupt ongoing calls and execute special codes that can trigger other rogue actions.

Mobile Security In Depth

Mobile security: A mother lode of new tools

A gold rush of next-gen authentication technologies yields biometric systems, ID bracelets, new standards and more. Insider (registration required)

BYOD morphs from lockdown to true mobility

Four companies that have been at BYOD for a while talk about how their programs have changed with the times. One key takeaway: Don't expect to save bundles of money. Insider (registration required)

How to keep your smartphone (and its data) secure

We keep a large amount of personal and business data on our smartphones and tablets; here are some tips and tricks to help you protect both your hardware and your information.

7 all-in-one security suites: Anti-malware for all your devices

Today's security suites try to protect all (or most) of your devices, and provide Web-based management. We examine how seven major applications compare in terms of features, ease of use and which devices they actually protect.

Kenneth van Wyk: Where mobile apps go wrong

More so than Web-based applications, mobile apps tend to have security design flaws that attackers can exploit. (Insider; registration required)

Evan Schuman: Wal-Mart is latest big company with mobile-app security problems

The evidence keeps mounting that companies that put out mobile apps are not paying nearly enough attention to security. Even big companies with large and experienced IT staffs are guilty.

5 Ways to Prevent Data Loss in Mobile Environments

Confidential company data can make its way onto mobile devices, where it's no longer under the protection of your toughest network defenses. Does that make your data vulnerable? To find out, review some strategies for preventing data loss on mobile devices.

Secure smartphones are nice, but not enough

In the past week, two new ultra secure smartphones have been in the news. One is called the Blackphone. The other is called the Black phone. The difference in their names is a space. Here's what we know about the two most secure smartphones ever created.

Evan Schuman: Transparency about data retention requires knowing what you have

A new call for transparency about what data mobile apps are retaining sounds fine and noble, but too many companies don't even know what their apps know about consumers.

The Open Source Rookies of the Year Awards

, the open source software management company, picks the top 10 open source projects launched in the past year, based on stats collected from the