With nearly the entire world starting to pick up on the smart phone trend, it is a bit of a surprise that it has taken this long for the largest of companies to get serious about the implementation of security measures, especially with the rising prevalence of identity theft in an online data-rich world. Verizon recently announced that they were working with Lookout, a company that is known for their apps that use geolocation features for BlackBerry, Android and LG C900 unlocked Windows Phone 7 Devices. Verizon has phones that use all of the mentioned operating systems, and their deal with the small security company should help to ensure that no large leaks take place in the future.
In addition to the changes that Verizon is making, RIM announced that they would be releasing their new product, the “BlackBerry Protect,” which will lock and erase all of the data from a misplaced phone, as well as allow users to make wireless backups directly from their phone. This is needed especially since the Unlocked BlackBerry is a device that is mostly used for business situations, the data that could potentially be on one could be damaging in situations where it is stolen.
AT&T also has deals with McAfee and MobileIron on the table. They also recently announced that they would be opening a new security laboratory in New York City which would be charged with developing new security measures directly for the company in an effort to prevent malware, worms and other threats that have become so prevalent on PCs.
It is nice to see that these companies are taking the security of their users more serious. As things stand right now, far too little effort and investment has been put into the security of the users and this shift shows that companies are realizing exactly how much data they are trusted with on a monthly basis, and how important it is to some businesses.