In McAfee’s 12 Scams of Christmas blog we noted that a recent National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, dated October 19, found that 52.6 percent of U.S. consumers who own a smartphone said they will be using their device for holiday-shopping related activities—whether it’s to research products, redeem coupons, or purchase holiday gifts. Malware targeted at mobile devices is on the rise, and Android smartphones are most at risk. McAfee cites a 76 percent increase in malware targeted at Android devices in the second quarter of 2011 over the first, making it the most targeted smartphone platform.
New malware has recently been found that targets QR codes, a digital barcode that consumers might scan with their smartphone to find good deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, or just to learn about products they want to buy.
With increases of malware targeted at mobile devices, businesses are taking a number of approaches to prevent infection at an individual and at the corporate level. How would you recommend an organization manage its security posture for mobile devices (tablets and phones)? Send us a 2-3 sentence response by 5pm pacific @ firstname.lastname@example.org to enter today's contest for an Amazon Kindle.
Contest Details and Conditions
Contest runs from Tuesday, December 13 at 10am through Friday, December 23 at 5pm PST.
Each day's entries will qualify for one of 9 Kindle prizes
Participants must be current McAfee customers to be eligible.
The scam of the day will be posted by 10am PST and participants will have until 5pm PST to email contest entries to email@example.com.
Winners will be randomly selected from all entries of each day’s contest.
Winning entries will be posted in the contest blog on 12/27, though any name, organization, or identifiable information will be removed prior to posting. Winners will be contacted via email for shipping information.