Reporters' Roundtable: Wireless device security (podcast)

Hear from security expert John Hering (Lookout Security) and CNET News reporter Elinor Mills on the current and future threats to your mobile data.

Rafe Needleman Former Editor at Large
Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.
Rafe Needleman
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In light of the hack on the iPad 3G that matched device identifier codes to e-mail addresses of users, today we're focusing on wireless device security and cellular network safety. Our guests: John Hering of the mobile security firm Lookout Security and CNET News security reporter Elinor Mills.

Watch this: Reporters' Roundtable Ep. 37 Wireless device security


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Show notes and talking points

How secure is the cellular network? More than Wi-Fi? Why?

What happened with the iPad 3G? What's the issue? What's the fix?

Tech overview of how the telcos protect our calls and e-mails from being picked out of the air.

Security differences of network technologies like GSM, CDMA, UMTS, LTE

Suppose I wanted to listen to your calls or read your e-mails. What would I do?

What data can be gleaned from a phone when it's not being used? Location? By whom?

Can anything be gleaned when phone is "off?"

Is SMS secure?

Are phones safe? Discuss levels of security on phones

What about when you're not in the US?

Which phones or networks are safer? Are BlackBerrys?

Can any wireless data really be secure?

Discuss remote wipe.

Viruses on mobiles?

Advice: What do you do if you leave your phone in a taxicab? What do you do *before* you leave your phone in a taxicab?

Next time:
Can Apple be stopped? For updates on guests, follow me on Twitter (@Rafe).

E-mail comments to roundtable@cnet.com, and get all the show notes as well as replays and downloads of the podcast on the blog.