Facebook Mobile Security Threat
By: Eric Everson
Yes I will admit it, I am addicted to social networking with the likes of sites such as MySpace and Facebook too. After all it was our prelaunch presence at http://www.myspace.com/mymobisafe that allowed us to debut the startup of MyMobiSafe.com to the world weeks before actually going live. I am a Web 2.0 entrepreneur as I have integrated social networking into my business, so don’t think that what I am about to say comes lightly. As great as social networking is, there is a mobile security threat that everyone should consider.
All too often as I am visiting my friend’s profiles I see where they have listed their cell phone number for the world to see. As I said, I am a constantly connected Web 2.0 junkie and yet this is one area that I always recommend avoiding. The problem is that malware is becoming a very real issue on the most popular social networking sites. As a staff writer of ITWeb recently put it, “…Trojans will continue to be present and there will be a significant rise in the number of Trojans designed to steal information from users of social networks such as MySpace and Facebook.” This includes mobile malware too. Today all a hacker needs is a phone number to push their latest malware creations. In the past a mobile hacker had to know the provider in order to send a loaded malware email to your phone, but today every ten digit mobile phone number can be attacked. Through a service known as “teleflip” any mobile number can become a target.
With teleflip (Teleflip.com) one only has to have the mobile phone number (ie. email@example.com). ---I don’t recommend that too many people share their number openly, but after all I do own MyMobiSafe.com one of the hottest mobile security companies around. --- So to make a long story short, quit advertising your cell phone number on your Facebook profile! The sophistication of mobile malware continues to evolve and your phone is more hacker accessible than you might realize. Continue to embrace the Web 2.0 movement, but don’t let yourself become a mobile malware victim.
Your mobile security expert,
Eric Everson, Founder