Rating: Watchdog still hasn’t learnt how to bite, though
Usually when you put out a Press release on 22nd December  at 5.45 pm which says it has an “embargo 00.01 am 27 December 2011″, then the issuer is definitely trying to bury some news. (See here). PhonepayPlus did this very thing but try as hard as we could, we couldn’t see anything in the information which needed to be hidden. But – and this is a big but – the regulator is still displaying a remarkable lack of courage in trying to control the industry is has been put in charge of. Basically that’s the Premium Rate SMS sector. Now, it’s very laudable that PhonepayPlus has sponsored the PhoneBrain social enterprise competition challenges for 11 – 19 year olds. The finalists will present their ideas in January to a panel of industry experts at ITV’s London headquarters. ITV, eh? Isn’t that the TV company which perpetrated some of the worse cases of premium rate fraud (here). Yup, it is. Who’s the compere? Gary Glitter?What really concerns GoMo News is that most viruses which afflict mobile phones at present are based around PRS fraud.
We know that Paul Whiteing, PhonepayPlus’ CEO, has promised to act against this kind of scam here, but we haven’t seen any real evidence that strong measures are being put into place.
Our advice for 2012 is to install a decent smartphone security app on the new handset you just got for Xmas right now.
The should be able to catch such viruses.
Many of these apps are free and if you search for these companies: – Trend, AVG, Microsoft [don't laugh], Kaspersky, McAfee, Bullguard, F-Secure, Sophos, Avast! and Symantec, then you should be able to find one.
As Sergeant Phil Esterhaus memorably used to say in Hill Street Blues: – “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”