Ohming Technology (www.Ohming.com), a company focused on products that make it more convenient to charge multiple devices simultaneously, is weighing in on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) letter to U.S. cell phone makers concerning security.
The FCC and FTC sent a letter out to all major cell phone makers, including Apple and Google, the makers of iPhone and Android devices, respectively. In the letter, the FCC and FTC say they need a better understanding of security updates, including having some concerns about the speed at which updates are issued and regarding customers who are left out of the most recent ones.
(Source: Goldman, D., “Govt to cellphone makers: Up your security game,” CNN web site, May 11, 2016; http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/10/technology/iphone-security/index.html?section=money_latest.)
“Smartphone security is a huge issue,” says Paul Romanenko, owner and CEO of Ohming Technology. “Recently, Apple and the FBI went toe-to-toe over cell phone security, so it’s clear how serious government officials are taking this matter. And with what today’s mobile devices are capable of, they have a right to have as thorough of an understanding of smartphone capabilities as possible.”
HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Microsoft were also part of the group of companies who received letters. The FCC and FTC reiterated their position that many smartphone carriers are “unprotected,” and in this day and age, where hackers are a reality, they argue this is too dangerous.
“As long as there’s anything computerized, there will be hackers,” Romanenko observes. “Mobile phones are a part of our everyday lives here in America and so much valuable and personal information is stored on them. Keeping that information protected is crucial, along with protecting against other vulnerabilities as well.”
“It seems as if Apple is better at securing its devices than Google is, but all companies can stand to make improvements,” Romanenko concludes. “With the frequency of smartphones usage, most people rarely think about security, depending on manufacturers and providers to take care of that.”
Ohming Technology does its job with the Charge M.E., a portable mobile device charger that helps keep smartphones charged while customers are away from home.