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Mobile Phones, Mobile Security

Mobile phones, mobile security: Asian girl holding a cell phone.Mobile phones, also called cellular phones, and cell phones, have taken the communication industry by storm. Possibly, there are more mobiles in use today than all automobiles combined, or all radio and TV sets together.

As communication devices, cell phones are ideal: lightweight, relatively inexpensive, small, and of course, portable. They can be carried in any pocket, in a handbag, in the hands.

However, in comparison with the traditional telephones, mobile phones can make an wide variety of tasks like text messages, phone book, alarm clocks, appointment calendars, video projection, text to speech conversion, etc.

Cell phones have brought a new communication tool for the people of developing nations. Now people have a new way to get out of poverty by communicating their needs faster, and to a wider audience. 

Consumers and Mobile Financial Services: March 2012

Utilization of mobile banking and mobile payment technologies is increasing."Mobile phone use is high among younger generations, minorities, and those with low levels of income—groups that are prone to be unbanked or underbanked. Mobile banking and mobile payments have the potential to expand financial access to the unbanked and underbanked by reducing transaction costs and increasing the accessibility of financial products and services."

Mobile Phone Security

If your phone is stolen - report it to the police immediately."Don’t draw attention to your phone by leaving it on view on tables in pubs, cafes and restaurants. A tactic used by thieves is to place newspapers or other items over the phone and scoop it up. They sometimes distract phone owners by asking for directions and taking the phone when they are not looking."

Guidelines on Cell Phone Forensics

The latest cell phones come equipped with system-level microprocessors."The situation with forensic software tools for cell phones is considerably different from personal computers. While personal computers are designed as general-purpose systems, cell phones are designed more as special-purpose appliances that perform a set of predefined tasks. Cellular phone manufacturers also tend to rely on assorted proprietary operating systems rather than the more standardized approach found in personal computers. Because of this, the variety of toolkits for mobile devices is diverse and the range of devices over which they operate is typically narrowed to distinct platforms for a manufacturer’s product line, an operating system family, or a type of hardware architecture."

Driving for Work: Mobile phones

The Police may check phone records when investigating fatal and serious crashes to determine if use of a phone contributed to the crash."One common risk is staff making or receiving calls, texting or otherwise using a mobile phone while driving. A substantial body of research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving is a significant distraction, and substantially increases the risk of the driver crashing. High mileage and company car drivers are more likely than most to use a mobile phone while driving. Some employers provide mobile phones or reimburse the cost of work-related calls made on private ones. There are good business reasons to do so. There are also good health and safety reasons for lone workers and staff who travel in areas where summoning help (if they break down, for example) may be difficult. But, this should not mean that staff use the phone while driving."

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