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Pegasus: “You have to secure your smartphone in the same way as your computer”

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Posted on Jul 22, 2021, 6:41 PMUpdated on Jul 22, 2021, 7:02 PM

Smartphone security specialist, the company Lookout Already in 2016 sounded the alarm about NSO Group and the spy software Pegasus, now suspected of having allowed the espionage of Emmanuel Macron. The government has just held a Defense Council on the subject.

Can our smartphones be 100% secure by Apple and Google?

In any case, it is not their marketing skills that will provide security. To use the slogan, what happens on iPhone stays on iPhone… except when Pegasus is in it. That said, Apple and Google rather do a good job, at the level of what they are capable of doing. But unfortunately there will always be security holes. This is inherent in the operation of software and their updates.

Concretely, what are these two actors doing?

For eighteen months, while the cyber threat has intensified particularly on mobile, they very quickly remedy the flaws that are pointed out to them. Apple corrects a lot, even if it sometimes lacks transparency with security researchers on these issues.

The problem is that Apple and Google say their platforms are secure when they are not completely. Microsoft does not make this claim in the PC world. The worst part is that it works, since we see a lot of companies choosing Apple believing that they will no longer be at risk.

What to do to protect yourself?

You have to secure your smartphone in the same way as your computer. Basic operating system security is not enough. We must add a real security system and, in general, adopt good computer hygiene reflexes. Obviously, it is essential to always use the latest versions of mobile applications. Mobile private connection (VPN) and malicious link recognition systems can complement this. There is probably more sensitive data on a smartphone than on a PC.

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