‘Mobile Security': The Most Secure Android Smart Phones for Business

NEW YORK | Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 1:37am EDT

Many businesses today which have incorporated Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) into their workplace are enjoying enhanced productivity, more satisfied workforce and are deriving huge benefits in terms of the flexibility it offers, along with huge cost savings.

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The android platform is the most popular ‘Bring Your Own Device’ these days and provides the ultimate working experiences. Photo: Lucas Zallio/Flickr

Many businesses today which have incorporated Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy into their workplace are enjoying enhanced productivity, more satisfied workforce and are deriving huge benefits in terms of the flexibility it offers, along with huge cost savings.

BYOD facilitates employees to access business applications remotely through their own devices, enabling businesses to cut cost on having to invest in the latest technology. Smart phones, tablets are common in the workplaces these days.

The android platform is the most popular platform for ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policy and provides the ultimate working experiences. The Android smart phone landscape moves at a rapid pace always having something new to offer including enhanced mobile security. Using a shiny, new personal device for work may be a great choice as you won’t have to learn a new interface or carry around multiple devices.

Here’re Top 5 Flagship and Secure Android Smart Phones

Samsung Galaxy S4: Maybe it’s the best selling Android smart phone right now. The new Samsung’s flagship  5.0-inches smart phone is powered by Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and up to 64 GB of internal storage (micro SD expandable), together with Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth, NFC chip, 3.5 mm jack, and micro USB 2.0. It has an 13 MP primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and 2 MP  secondary camera. Both cameras are capable of HD recording. It had a recent Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update with Nature UX on top of it.

Nexus 4: Co-manufactured by Google and LG, the Nexus 4 debut with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and inherited most of Optimus G’s technical specifications. Nexus 4 comes with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 MP primary camera. It is powered by Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC.  It supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 and NFC apart from other features and applications.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: The Galaxy Note 2 is packed with state-of-the-art technical specifications.  It has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. Loaded with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also brought loads of S Pen-optimized applications and features. It has 2 GB of RAM, upto 64 GB of flash storage with microSD, all standards of WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 port. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is armed with 8 MP and 1.9 MP primary and front cameras.

Sony Xperia Z: First Sony smartphone has a quad-core processor and Snapdragon S4 chipset. It also comes with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal and a 5-inch TFT. It has a 13 megapixel main camera along with 2.2 MP front camera with full HD video recording capabilities.  LED flash together with image stabilization Sony Xperia Z also provides touch focus, HDR and sweep panorama for a unique photographic experience.

HTC One:  Loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean the HTC One comes with a 4.7-inch full HD Super LCD3 display. It is available in 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and besides 4G LTE, WiFi, infrared port, Bluetooth, and USB 2.0. HTC One is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC with four Krait 300 cores and 2 GB of RAM.

Vulnerabilities in iOS 

A new report suggests that Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone is more “vulnerable” to attacks than Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry (BBRY) smartphones. According to a study from SourceFire, the vast majority of all mobile phone vulnerabilities that have been discovered so far have been found in Apple’s smartphones. The firm found 210 vulnerabilities in the iPhone, giving iOS an 81% share of known mobile phone vulnerabilities, while Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices combined to have a 19% market share.

Even though Android devices have topped the mobile phone operating system market share, iPhones are still popular among consumers, which is why cybercriminals are driven to find loopholes in the Apple’s operating system, explained  Yves Younan, senior research engineer at SourceFire’s Vulnerabilities Research Team and the author of the report .

With Android devices, cybercriminals see less reason to look for vulnerabilities to penetrate smartphones, he added. Android’s open platform already easily opens up for third party and malicious apps to be easily created for users to download, Mr. Younan explained. On the other hand, this cannot be done with the iOS App store due to Apple’s strict control of apps that are published. This is why cybercriminals are driven to find loopholes in the software system of Apple instead, he added.

Even More Secure Android Phone

A new German project makes Android phones significantly more secure for business communications – this could change the way people use smartphones, entirely. The project, Bizztrust, creates virtual “work phones” on Android smartphones, and employs BlackBerry-style encryption to guarantee secure communications. The new product has the potential to create headaches for Research In Motion (RIM), which uses security as a major selling point for BlackBerrys.

Bizztrust is a modified version of the Android operating system that separates all installed applications into separate “work” and “personal” partitions. Control over apps in the “work” partition is handled by the end user’s corporate IT team, which automatically updates and deletes work apps as needed.

All software installed on Bizztrust-enabled Androids is automatically scanned before the user logs on to their company’s network via VPN; if any irregularities are detected, the user will not be able to use compromised apps. Meanwhile, all data transmitted through the “work” virtual phone is automatically encrypted.

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