mobile phone security

Are any countries using NFC-capable mobile devices for identity applications?

Some government initiatives are looking at putting identity information within the secure element (SE) of NFC-capable devices. Because the SE is so trusted, it is very feasible to store driver’s licenses, government and healthcare identity cards right within the mobile device.

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What does it mean that cell phone texts are "encrypted in the air"?

The actual term for the method through which SMS, or text, messages are sent is “Over the Air,” or OTA. OTA is the standard for the transmission and reception of application-related information in the wireless information system. You can send text messages and graphics via OTA, but other information like subscription activation and software updates can be sent this way, too.

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How can I tell if I have a virus? What do I do if I think I have one?

If your computer is taking you to unexpected Web sites, giving you suspicious looking alerts or running more slowly than normal, there might be a virus or other malware on your computer. Malware is a blanket term meaning viruses, worms, Trojans, adware, spyware, keyloggers, rootkits and other scary sounding threats. Malware can do damage to your computer or be an attempt at identity theft. Sometimes, there are no “symptoms” at all. Other times, a frightening warning may itself be the culprit, called scareware.

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