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Android: The phone for living dangerously?

John P. Mello Jr. | Nov. 28, 2011
Too powerful to fall into the wrong hands?

Needless to say, the security firms questioned the Google manager's expertise in security matters. "What he [DiBona] is missing is that mobile security tools (like ours) do much more than just antivirus," argues Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at antivirus firm F-Secure. "[A]ntitheft, remote lock, backup, parental control, Web filter -- these features are the main reason why people buy mobile security products. They get antivirus as a bonus."

Other White Hats were less diplomatic toward Dibona. "Am I ashamed of myself?" asks Trend Micro Director of Security Research and Communication Rik Ferguson in a company blog. "Not at all. I'd prefer to offer protection against a growing threat to personal and business security than to bury my head in the sand and defend my stance with wild accusation."

 

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