Smartphones are becoming a lot more prevalent with the general public, and we are also asking them to do a lot more things. Store our contacts and all of their information, email, and tons of other things with data we probably don't want to share with the world at large. Getting the jump on hackers that may try to take advantage of how phone-centric our lives have become has become the focus of several mobile companies.
The Wall Street Journal outlined quite a few of the companies looking to put the lockdown on data theft. Verizon and San Francisco based company Lookout are working together with their BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Mobile device remote backup and geolocation apps. RIM has announced BlackBerry Protect which can remotely put the lockdown or completely wipe a lost phone while also helping you find it. AT&T is even working with MobileIron and McAfee to open a mobile security lab in New York specifically to research malware, worms, viruses, and other developing threats. Mobile security is being taken seriously, and that's something I think we can all get behind.