Beware of cellphone snoops

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  1. ronjor

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  2. Rmus

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    It's evident that cell phones have become mini-computers that happen to have phone capability!

    When I upgraded my calling plan recently to include a new phone, I discovered that the company whose phones I like, no longer makes a phone-only device. I had to settle for one that included a camera.

    My first phone could be activated and was ready to use, in about five seconds. Now, as the salesperson explained, "they need to boot up."

    I complained. "That's progress" she retorted. We need more capability in our phones.

    Well, I suppose, and it certainly is progress in that cell phone's capabilities are meeting the needs in business and home use.

    Virusses for Mobile Phones have been around for awhile. How much mobile malware do you think was identified for 2006?

    http://mobile.f-secure.com/news/monthlydecember06.html

    Now we have snoopware:

    Is a Mobile Phone Sandbox down the road?

    Meanwhile, for those of us who want a Not-So-Smart Phone, the choices are dwindling.

    regards,

    -rich
     
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    Thanks, Mike - that is really neat.

    I did see a couple of bare-bones phones in searching, but unfortunately, I was limited to certain phones for the plan I wanted.

    -rich
     
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    So we need HIPS and SandBoxes here too plus linux based mobile phones.
     
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    linux based mobile phones... hmm, something else I did not know!

    Mike
     
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    Not really a mobile phone, but a cool gadget:
    Nokia N800 Internet Tablet
    :)
     
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