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Experts issue warning to smartphone users

17 April 2014, 10:32

Nairobi - Smartphone users have been advised to ensure that their devices are properly secured in order to reduce vulnerability to cyber attacks from hackers.

Bethwel Opil, the Channel Sales manager for Kaspersky Lab in East Africa said that the flooding of Android applications in the market was a cause for concern.

He said that the inability to verify whether a particular application’s developer had deployed credible and strong enough encryptions and security on their end calls for the user to ensure that his end was as secure as possible.

“Androids are a major weak point in terms of their vulnerability to attacks,” said Opil.

Opil said that with the influx of applications, most of which are start-ups without enough resources to deploy strong security measures, provides a weak link that could be exploited by malware and malicious people who could easily access a smart phone user’s information including even banking information.

“Through access to smart phone information, a hacker can access a user’s banking information,” said Opil.

He added that Kenya lost Sh 2 billion to cyber crime in 2013 but was also quick to add that that could just be the tip of the iceberg.

Opil warned that the gaming industry was a major source of security risk for users of the smart phone.

He advised developers to deploy proper security from their end and to use a secure link between themselves and the end-user.

Opil’s sentiments come amid the rise in the popularity of the smartphone in Kenya.

“Kenyans are not proactive, they rather prefer to act after something has happened,” said Opil.

 – CAJ News

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