Smartphones with server connection: Do not store
Germany (dpa) - Smartphone owners whose notes or e-mail
messages are automatically copied onto their cellular providers
servers should not store critical data on the providers device.
"Credit card numbers, password lists, or
business documents should not be on an external server," advises
Bernd Theiss, head of the PDA
and Laptop department at the Stuttgart telecommunications newspaper
U. S. hotel heiress Paris Hilton made headlines
recently when a hacker copied photos, notes, and contact data from
Hiltons "Sidekick" Smartphone, offered by T-Mobile
USA. The stolen material was then spread over the Internet.
The Sidekick works on the principle that all
e-mail messages, address book entries, calendars, and photos are
stored both on the device and on an Internet server linked up through
a GPRS connection.
They can then be viewed and changed by any user
able to provide the user name and password. "The security on
the Sidekick is hence only as good as the level provided for the
server," Theiss says.
The Internet password hence also affects the
security of the Sidekick.
"As in all areas, its important to
keep the password secret, to change it regularly, and to not use
simple words," advises Joerg Carsten Mueller.
His cellular firm, E plus, offers service in
Germany for the HipTop, the international version of the device.