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Companies should ban Facebook Home, experts say

Antone Gonsalves | April 9, 2013
Social network's new overlay for Android smartphones 'would be the first thing I would block on my network,' said one security adviser.

"I don't think the target is really business users, so I wouldn't be that worried about a lot of prevalence of this in the business community, especially at first," Grady said. "But it never hurts to double down and make sure the policy is clear."

Gold agrees. "The bottom line for BYOD is that some user devices just shouldn't be acceptable in a corporate environment," he said. "There has to be corporate governance."

Because Android is the most widely used mobile OS, it has become a favorite of hackers, who are quick to exploit its weaknesses. While Google has taken steps to improve security, the OS still has a number of serious weaknesses.

For one, devices manufacturers and wireless carriers are slow in updating the operating system, so many people are using older and more vulnerable versions. In addition, because any website can provide apps, it's easier for criminals to distribute malware for Android than for its rival iOS, which is used in the Apple iPhone and iPad. Only Apple can distribute apps for the platform.

 

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