We’re pleased to be able to say that we have produced a free-to-download leaflet on mobile phone security, entitled “What risks are you taking?” The leaflet, which is available for download as a regular pdf or print-ready pdf file, provides advice on how to use a mobile phone safely and securely. It includes a section on the main threats that users need to be aware of when using their mobile device including via mediums like WiFi and the phone’s browser, things that many users will not have considered when using their phone.
The leaflet continues to provide advice on topics including personal safety (for example avoid using your device whilst driving), lost or stolen devices and securely using your phone (e.g. always review the permissions before the installation of an app). Additionally, there are some more general guidelines provided in a further section of advice for the reader.
This leaflet would be useful to any owner of a mobile device, as it shows the reader the many ways in which a phone and personal security could be compromised. In a time when individuals store more and more of their lives on their devices, being aware of the threats out there and knowing how to deal with them has never been so important. The leaflet can be downloaded from the resources page of this site.
Copper Horse recently worked with a mobile telecoms fraud detection company to develop a mobile solution to replace an existing, but outdated bespoke ‘box’. Copper Horse developed a completely mobile device-based solution which included custom applications for core elements of telephony and messaging. By creating a new platform for the existing solution based on a smartphone, this enabled the client to take advantage of the other features available such as GPS, multiple wireless bearers and the camera to further enrich their own offering to their customers. The solution is now in use worldwide, with a revenue assurance solution in place too. Copper Horse worked closely with the client’s internal development team on integrating with their backend systems and also advised on the security elements of the solution.
Copper Horse were present once again at the world’s largest mobile event, Mobile World Congress, held at Barcelona’s Fira GranVia in February. The team were present in the city for a week, attending various talks, meeting a lot of companies and going to fringe events over the four days of the congress and the weekend before.
One of the highlights of the company’s week was the presentation of the inaugural Dead Technology Award – a prize given to a technology that had either died off or flopped considerably in 2012 in the technology world. At the Sunday event Innovation on the Fringe, the audience voted that Sony Ericsson was to be the winner, after having been subsumed into Sony. Following this, Copper Horse hosted the now well-established annual dinner, featuring security experts from around the world – an hugely interesting experience. On the Monday, PhonepayPlus announced they are working with us on Incident Handling for mobile malware.
And to the congress itself; MWC was considerably larger in 2013 than it had been in previous years and there were eight different halls of company stands and theatres to peruse. The week featured a continual pattern of security sessions, stand visits and award ceremonies by day and networking parties by evening. Overall, it was another enjoyable experience. And so begins the planning for next year!