Well, I wouldn't work for a company which doesn't trust me to be able to use my phone properly, and I would never impose an MDM system to my employees: I'd prefer not giving them a phone at all.
Having a system in place to wipe a phone if it's lost or stolen is an imperative in some businesses. Using that system to limit phone calls to non-international makes sense too, if your business has no international needs. To say that an MDM is indicative of a business not trusting its employees, and that they'd be better off not giving them a phone is a little inflammatory, don't you think?
I probably exaggerated, and you're right saying that MDMs are useful to some companies. But I still wouldn't like to have my phone controlled by someone else. It's also true that if I don't like the company's policies, then I'm free to go somewhere else, so it's not such a big problem.
I'm just old fashion enough to dislike the idea of putting all my contacts "in the cloud" before I can sync them to my phone. For that reason I recently bought another Blackberry because you can still plug it directly into a computer to sync. That and by not adding a bunch of apps I don't need I feel I have better protected my coworkers, friends, and family from hackers and spammers.
The link in the article is to "Seven antivirus solutions for Windows Mobile and Symbian" from May 2010. Maybe a follow up article on current solutions for Android (including earlier versions like Gingerbread) would be useful.
What role do ad networks play in the spread of mobile malware? That's something I would want to read more about. Are the "big boys" like Millennial Media, Admob, Flurry, etc. taking enough steps to keep the spread of malware to a minimum. The one ad network that I know has done a lot to curb mobile malware is Airpush ( http://www.examiner.com/article/airpush-raises-the-bar-on-security-for-mobile-ad-networks ), I just think more should be done, even though this article once again suggests that the threat of mobile malware is overblown. I don't think it is.
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