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1 Dr. David Turahi Director for IT&IMS - MOICT Uganda

2 A smart phone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities beyond a typical mobile phone, often with computer like functionality. There is no industry standard definition of a smart phone. Benefits Mobility Size

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4 Inherent risk to exposure of personal information carried on and transmitted through the device Phones are easily lost Devices are associated with and linked to a particular user for billing and account purposes. Increased mobility means increased exposure. Applications used on smartphones are unsafe.

5 Password Protection Lack of leads to great exposure Jail breaking/rooting Exposes phone to remote installation of software (Might be malware) Accounts linked to credit cards Can easily leak your financial information when compromised

6 Applications Can access and reveal a lot of personal information Security leak if not updated Accounts Amalgamation of communications

7 How much does your phone know about you? Almost everything Mobile malware App based Web based SMS/Text message-based Securing your smartphone Passcode Antivirus software Software updates

8 App permissions/access Pay attention to permissions app requests for Location services: GPs and WiFi Disclose location information Disclose of transmitted information (public WiFi)

9 Definitions Spyware Botnets Trojan Virus Worms Geolocation

10 Spyware software that self-installs on a computer, enabling information to be covertly obtained about a person s internet use, passwords, etc.

11 Botnets A network of private computers infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the owner s knowledge, e.g. to send spam

12 Trojan A Trojan horse, or Trojan is a malware that appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to run or install but instead facilitates unauthorized access to a user s computer system

13 Virus A Virus is a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually of causing great damage to files or other programs on the same computer

14 Worm A computer worm is a self-replicating malware computer program in order to spread to other computers. It uses a computer network to spread itself relying on security failures on the target computer. Unlike a virus it does not need to attach itself to an existing program

15 Geolocation Geolocation is the identification of the realworld geographic location of an object, such as a cell phone or an internet-connected computer terminal. For example, a picture taken with a smart phone may record the location within the file. When the file is posted on a social network site, any viewer may be able to determine the location from the data saved on the picture file

16 Risks associated with mobile applications Malware Metadata Application scams Insecure applications Signs that your phone is compromised Decreased performance Random action Unknown phone calls or s

17 Steps to take incase you are victim of compromise If antivirus is installed, scan and remove malware If unable to remove malware, use wiping program

18 Password protect your phone Install security software Be aware of what you are doing with your phone Do not jail-break or root your phone Application access Review permission given to applications when installing them

19 Install phone-finder app Enroll in a backup/wiping program Limit your activities while using public WiFi Crosscheck URLs while making purchases using your phone Turn off Geolocation and GPS

20 If your phone is stolen If enrolled in backup/wiping program Contact administrator and wipe immediately Contact service provider to cancel your service if not enrolled in a backup/wiping program Treat loss as you would treat loss of wallet or purse In case of disposal Wipe phone clean

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