Mobile phone security


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A company called FlexiSHIELD shows us how crass marketing profits from the plight of others. Using the infidelity of Tiger Woods as an example, FlexiSHIELD promotes its new FlexiSHIELD, a mobile security product that it touts can,

“… automatically hide any incoming or outgoing SMS, MMS, EMAIL, Phone Logs and actual Phone Calls in an invisible vault on the phone itself. When installed and activated, there is no indication of the application, and all message and call notifications are suppressed, making FlexiSHIELD totally invisible in operation.”

It is however an interesting example of how clever marketing can capitalise on public fears resulting from a high profile paparazzi case.

But FlexiSHIELD aside, there are a number of programmes and services that protect mobile content. One of the best catalogues of these tools can be found at Mobile Security Redux: Comparing the Tools from MobileActive.org. There are a number of resources on this blog post, but the most interesting and a work in progress is this matrix comparing the pros and cons of several leading mobile security products.

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  1. Mobile phone security redux: Tigertext « ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) - March 21, 2010

    […] Days after I had blogged about FlexiSHIELD, a mobile phone security product created after the infamous incident with professional golfer Tiger Woods, comes news of Tigertext, another application touting to keep SMS communications private. As Time magazine notes, Called, coincidentally enough, TigerText, it allows users to set a time limit for a sent text to hang around after it has been read. When that life span has been exceeded, the message will disappear, say the developers, from the recipient’s phone, the sender’s phone and any servers. The message cannot be forwarded anywhere, stored anywhere or sold to any tabloid for an undisclosed sum. […]

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