Bookmark and Share

Smart phone security risks

Could smart phones be putting us at risk for fraud and identity theft? Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith of Consumer Protection BC discusses the common mistakes many people make.

Listen audio (runs 5:32)

We welcome your feedback on anything your hear on the show. We received this email response to this morning's interview, from listener Brendan Braybrook:

"It is not significantly risky to access your banking data on a smartphone while using an open wifi network, contrary to what your guest stated. The reason is that it's not wifi encryption (WEP, WPA, and WPA2 all have flaws and have been broken) nor the integrity of the wifi access point (which could be compromised) that provides the primary level of security between your device and the bank. It's the layer of SSL encryption which is layered on top of the connection that provides the bulk of the protection.

"The suggestion by Gregor that one not store their banking passwords on their smartphone is far more relevant to security in this case."

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.