Laws, flaws and chores. We look at the latest issues surrounding mobile security.
Right now, it seems as though everyone wants a piece of whatever goes through your mobile device — everyone from the federal government, right down to the code-junkies unleashing new malware. Australia’s controversial data retention scheme will affect mobile device owners even more than desktop users, with phone call, email and internet metadata said to be stored for a two-year-period from the date of transaction. Elsewhere, the claimed total amount of mobile malware has risen from 1.5 million at the end of March 2013 to just over six million by the close of 2014, according to the latest McAfee Labs Threat Report (tinyurl.com/k8m2f3g).
But it’s not all bad news — when it comes to mobile malware infections, Australia has the lowest rate of infection in the world at around 5%, beating Europe on 7%, nearly 8% in North America, while Africa and Asia top the list at 10% a piece, according to the report.