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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsPROFESSOR VLADIMIRO SASSONE: So much of your life is contained in those devices. So your phone has your telephone numbers, email, messaging, Facebook, and so on, and it's all nicely contained in a single place. And a telephone can listen to what you say. You have cameras that can be activated. So there is quite a lot that can be achieved by simply hacking into your phone. Most likely you'll be doing your internet banking on your phone, so if I'm able to hack into your phone I can perhaps get to your bank account. Also, you'll be using two factors of authentication now in several of the services you use, and the two factor authentication system will go through your phone.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondsAgain, if I control your phone, I might be able then to log in to your Facebook account or into your iCloud account, and so on. DR.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 secondsGARY WILLS: We should care about mobile app security because our customers care. People do not want their private data put online nor their credit card details, so it's incumbent on developers to make secure apps.

Why should we care about mobile app security?

With mobile devices and their applications holding more and more sensitive data – from people’s locations to their personal information and financial data – ensuring that they are secure is essential, if people and companies are to trust them, and prevent the reputational and legal damage of a data breach.

In this short video, you meet Professor Vladimiro Sassone, Director of the Cyber Security Academic (CSA) here at the University of Southampton, and Dr Gary Wills, the Lead Educator on this course, who share their thoughts on why they think we should care about mobile app security.

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Secure Android App Development

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