Mobile Security: How Gadgets Evolved

Still got an old HP or Compaq laying around? CSO Publisher (and packrat) Bob Bragdon does! Rummaging around Bragdon's attic (with some memory help from mobile office expert Catherine Roseberry) provides a look at how mobile device security has evolved.


1989: Sharp Dial Master EL-6250H

Roseberry says the Dial Master was a telephone book, memo pad, calculator and auto phone dialer with 8KB of memory.

Security features: Secret key to password-protect items.

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1997: RIM Inter@active Pager 950

You've got mail! The pager had a small keyboard and a full mailbox that held more than 500 contacts.

Security features: Just password protection, says Roseberry.

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1999: HP 6601x

This device connected to the world via PCMCIA WiseCom 56.6kbps modem, an IR Port and a PC docking cradle.

Security features: Password protection similar to that of a PC. Lost your password? Hard reset required — and all data was lost.

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2000: Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC

Bragdon could put presentations and other sensitive information on the iPAQ.

Security features: Standard Windows password protection, says Roseberry. iPAQ Backup saved data to an external device, compressed or encrypted.

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2002: Sony Clie PEG-NX70V/U

"Actually pretty cool," said Bragdon about the multimedia Clie. Included integrated camera and swivel display.

Security features: Data backup to PC, personal information protection and the ability to mask certain data with password protection.

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2004: BlackBerry 7100 t

An early-generation BlackBerry, with no camera or ability to play MP3s. Could send/receive emails, text messages and chat.

Security features: Password protection, device-locking capability, content protection and compression, et cetera.

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2009: Blackberry Curve and the iPhone

These days Bragdon carries a Blackberry Curve (business) and an iPhone (personal). It's more important than ever to keep the two devices separate, due to considerations of intellectual property. "If I walk out the door, who owns it?" he said.

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Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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