3G and 4G Smartphone Security

Date: Issue 74 - May 2017

The smartphone is the most commonly used communications device in the modern world. 72% of Americans, 59% of Turks, and 88% of Koreans use them. Virtually every business executive, politician, and military leader uses a 3G or 4G smartphone. Thus, it is ironic that key holders of corporate and national security secrets rely on a communication device that is virtually devoid of security.

Discrete communications are widely intercepted. One has only to read the news to recognize that “secret” national security discussions by the leaders of Turkey, Germany, USA, and many others have been recorded and publicly released. Clearly, purportedly secured communications are anything but. And the most unsecured communications involve 3G and 4G mobile devices.