Is the smart phone the new laptop?

The desktop PC is so 20th century; and the laptop is so last week. Who wants to lug around a laptop when you can put a supercomputer in your pocket?

A recent report from Juniper Networks on malicious mobile threats declared that the smart phone and tablet computer are poised to take over as the work platform of choice. And the bad guys have taken note. 

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“Already, mobile malware and exploitation techniques have reached the complexity and capabilities of their counterparts in wired networks,” the Juniper report concluded.

Are handhelds really taking over from laptops? Dan Hoffman, chief mobile security evangelist for Juniper’s Global Threat Center, does not pretend to speak for everybody, but his personal experience indicates they are.

“I can’t think of a five or 10 minute period through the day that I’m awake that I don’t have my phone with me,” he said. During a recent two-day business trip to New York, “I never opened my laptop during that time,” relying instead on his smart phone and an iPad.

He said that he does disconnect while hunting and fishing.

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Reader Comments

Thu, Jun 23, 2011

Of course the smartphone is taking over -- and getting slightly bigger (but not too much bigger) to enhance usability. Airlines are charging for carry-on luggage, so being able to eliminate one extra piece of luggage is a boon for the business traveler.

Sun, Jun 19, 2011 James

No you can't put a super computer in your pocket. Mobile phones have their place but they don't replace laptops and desktops still have plenty of powerful benefits that are all their own. I have a tablet too... which has its own place in the mix.

Fri, May 27, 2011

What not create an open operating system that aims to be secure by default? See

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