Cyber Security Expert: "The Information On Your Phone Isn't Very Secure"
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 07, 2013 @ 7:36PM
Created on February 07, 2013 @ 5:41PM
In the 1960's Walter Cronkite predicted that one day that our technology would let us get the weather and information about stocks from one device.
We've come along time since then.
We've come so far that most of that information you can get from the palm of your hand on your cell phone.
Since their creation smartphones have been becoming an increasingly popular target for criminals.
Some security experts have said 2013 will be the most popular time for cybercriminals. Depending on who you believe, the number of cases being hacked could easily topple one million.
That's bad news for WVU student, Nicole Warn.
"I'm on my cell phone all the time," Warn said.
Warn uses her cell phone for everything from checking her social media pages to paying bill.
"They would probably have a lot of my information," Warn said talking about if someone was able to gain access to her phone. "I use it so much that I don't realize how much information I have on it."
Criminals know that folks like Warn tend to keep a lot of information on their phones.
"That information isn't very secure," warned Jeremiah Johnson. Johnson is a computer crime specialist with the National While Collar Crime Unit.
Johnson said that smartphones are typically run on most of the same software users also use on their computers, and that makes them an easy target for hackers.
"It has access to very sensitive information," Johnson said. "It has access to your calendar, your contacts, and your physical location."
If you're looking to get into the business of hacking phones, there's thousands of videos that show people hacking into phones on the internet.
"They're on there for good and bad," Johnson said. "The security researchers can then publish where there are vulnerable spots. That forces the manufactures to take the responsibility to fix them."
Johnson also advised that users also make a lot of simple mistakes that tend to let criminals into their phones. He said most time people install applications and agree to stuff that they probably shouldn't.
"We're in the culture where we like to click next, next, next," Johnson said. "It's time to take a closer look at those warning signs."
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