Holiday Season Mobile Phone Security

Sue Marquette Poremba
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"The Twelve Scams of Christmas"

The most dangerous online scams that computer users should be cautious of this holiday season.

I don't mean to sound Grinch-like during the holiday season, but this time of year provides employers with another reason to consider limiting or restricting company business conducted on mobile phones. The FBI is warning shoppers to beware of smishing (via text messages) and vishing (via voicemail) scams that could lead users to malicious websites aimed at stealing information held on the phone.


According to an article in InformationWeek, victims receive text messages and voicemails warning of problems with bank accounts, and since many people increase spending in December-not to mention the additional stress many of us endure this time of year-the gut reaction may be to find out what's wrong with the account. The article went on to say:

People who fall victim to mobile device scams could be in danger even if they stop short of giving up the information requested, the FBI warned. If they only log onto the fake website via their mobile device, they could end up downloading malicious software giving criminals access to anything on their phone, the agency said.

This obviously will become a concern for enterprises as more and more people use their personal smartphones for business use.

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