Security becoming a must on smartphones

When writing a weekly column about the apps business, it’s easy to get caught up in the new opportunities, capabilities, and trends emerging in this burgeoning area. It’s equally easy to forget they come with new threats, CNET reports. These threats, which include rogue apps that can swipe your personal data or steal passwords for your bank accounts, are real and growing. A recent study conducted by security software provider McAfee found that that amount of malicious software, also known as malware, targeting Android had jumped 76 percent since the previous quarter, a remarkable rise in just three months. At the same time, Android had surpassed Symbian as the most attacked mobile platform…

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Laura Ascione