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Hackers On The Move: Is My Tablet Vulnerable?

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 205

The concept on which hacking is done does not change with the tablets since they are also gadgets that run on systems and software which are used in computers. This also translates to the fact that internet security will apply for the tablets as well. Tablet security, like smartphone security, is an area which has been focused on due to the increase in hacker activity directed at these gadgets. The security challenges can now be seen mostly with the operating systems which are used with the gadgets. The operating systems have formed a platform which is getting exploited by hackers just like it has been exploited by the application developers. The platforms have allowed for extensive work by application developers as they go about their trade. Unfortunately, this opening has been exploited by a whole lot of devious people out to steal data and utilize it unfairly to swindle unsuspecting users of the tablets and smart phones.

Tablet security has been a challenge due to the nature of the distribution system which does not tie the tablets to networks or systems. This kind of model makes it very difficult to create security measures aimed for the tablets especially when they are used in a network. In the scenario of companies, employees will come to the workplace with individual tablets whose use is not guided in any way by corporate procedures. Then this becomes the second way which tablets become avenues for compromised security. Companies are therefore forced to find ways and means to make sure that security of company data is not compromised in any way. Best practices guidelines is one of the ways through which the companies get to protect their networks. Another way is through finding tools which are now coming up that work to secure the tablets themselves. This becomes a good solution to secure individual tablets before solutions are found to secure networks on which the smart phones and the tablets are used.

Internet security has shifted from the preserve of companies and has become the concern of individuals as well. No better evidence can be placed to this than tablet security which has become the responsibility of individual users of the tablets. Tablets have grown very popular in recent times and their use extends to access of information from the internet and even for business. With such advanced use, tablet security becomes a priority just like it happens with the personal computers. The biggest caveat in the use of the tablets like the iPad and the tablet PCs has become their security. Many people are unaware of the fact that the tablets should be installed with security measures. Specifically, the security of the tablet is to be looked at since these are devices which utilize wireless networks.

The importance of tablet security becomes an issue that leads to appreciation of the fact that the tablet and other mobile devices are not really an easy target for hackers due to flaws in their operating systems or hardware. Tablet security deals with the problems presented by applications which are becoming a big threat. There has no such thing as a secure tablet that has been produced since there has been nothing very wrong with the tablet itself. Security measures have been aimed at what the tablet handles and what it is capable of achieving. Hence it therefore goes without doubt that tablet security is aimed at protecting sensitive information and data as well as important applications from getting accessed by the hackers.

The use of tablet security will allow companies to feel free to the level of allowing their employees to use their tablets and smart phones for business and all other operations that can get accomplished on the company network. It is with confidence that this is allowed due to the knowledge that information and data will remain secure. Tablet security alongside other measures like the rules to govern the use of the tablets is a perfect combination that works and will definitely protect information and data on a network until better solutions are discovered and developed.

The other benefit of tablet security would be that of filtering through content to only allow access to appropriate or security passed information. The tablet security measure adopted will be one that corresponds to the activities of a firewall. In this way, the tablet becomes a useful device that can be appropriately used even by children without fear of them getting exposed to material and information which is out of the scope of their tender ages.

Further the importance of security gets realized through the protection of data packages and the communication channels utilized irrespective of whether the network into which the tablet is connected is secure or not. This makes the usage of the tablet whether for personal or business and company use secure for whatever interests getting pursued or any information that is of value. The tablet security is therefore emphasized more than it is done with the Smartphone due to the reason that the tablets become more vulnerable from handling more data. The tablets also have many access routes to internet connectivity which become yet another risk area.

Rather than restriction of access and use of tablets to a public network, tablet security enhances safe use of these devices without consideration of whether the network is secured or not. Having a security solution for the tablet does not in any way limit the impact that they have been currently making in the information world. Instead, it expands the scope to which the tablet together with all applications and software developed to work on it can impact on everyday life.

It becomes necessary to find tablet security solutions which are going to ensure that as more and more tablets find users who want to benefit from the much functionality that they offer. What concerns many individual users and the companies is that the tablets will be in a position to handle sensitive information and data without the danger of the information landing into the wrong hands. So efforts have been directed into finding an out of the box or encompassing security solution both by the manufacturers as well as stakeholders within the internet security sector. Such a security solution traversing different platforms will be welcome in the face of the rising popularity of the tablets and the increased use in transacting business. So for the moment there is no such thing as an entirely secure tablet; efforts go towards users getting vigilant in their use of these gadgets.

Guardian Network Solutions or GNS is an IT solutions value-added reseller that specializes in providing tablet security for businesses, government, and education organizations as well as home users. GNS Solutions Professionals work with manufacturers and businesses of various sizes to find secure, cost-effective solutions, and currently provide the fastest and easiest transactions for users of all sizes.

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