Information Security and Threats in Mobile Appliances
Antonio Tedeschi, Angelo Liguori and Francesco Benedetto
Affiliation: Signal Processing for Telecommunications and Economics Lab., University of ROMA TRE, via Vito Volterra 62, 00146 Rome, Italy.
The rapid development of new technologies in the field of hardware, software and telecommunications allowed
the creation of a new mobile device generation (smartphones and tablets) characterized by interesting and attractive features
such as touch or multi-touch displays and embedded Operating Systems (OSs). Mobile OSs offer several functional
and playful features to end-users by means of mobile applications. Such characteristics led to a worldwide increase in
smartphones’ sales, resulting in Android being the world’s best-selling mobile OS. However, due to its popularity, Android
is also the first mobile open source OS with a large number of vulnerabilities, cyber-attacks and malicious apps.
This paper aims at presenting a review of recent patents, and state of art solutions as well, in the field of information security
in mobile devices. Finally, a discussion pointing out the current and future developments in this area is presented.
Keywords: Android OS, information security, mobile devices, mobile OS security, mobile market statistics.
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