Security to Ward Off Crime on Mobile Phones

More consumers are buying smartphones. So, more criminals are taking aim at those devices.Criminals still prefer PCs for stealing personal data, bank and credit card account numbers as well as for running scams. However, most PC attacks focus on Microsoft’s decade-old Windows XP operating system, which is slowly being replaced by the more secure Windows 7. Over the next few years, hackers will have to find new targets.With smartphones outselling PCs for the first time — 421 million of the handheld computers are expected to be sold worldwide this year, according to market analysts at the research firm IDC — the long-predicted crime wave on handheld devices appears to have arrived.To read this report in The New York Times in full, see:

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