Mobility

Mobile Applications: A Clear and Present Danger

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Executive Summary

Smartphones and mobile applications have fundamentally changed the mobile landscape with penetration rates approaching or exceeding 50% in many advanced markets. While mobile applications enable mobile devices to entertain, inform and connect more than ever before, Amethon's work with mobile operators around the world has found that they also represent a clear and present danger to both mobile networks and individual subscribers. This paper defines the nature of these threats, describes a number of specific mobile applications the authors have identified as potential threats and offers solutions to mobile operators that enable proactive action to be taken.

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