A Look at the Mobile Security Divide

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Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Jordan Robertson discusses mobile security with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Welcome back to "bloomberg west." we're live from sam suns unpacked product launch or the company has unveiled three new products including the galaxy gear smart watch.

Also highlighting samsung's knox security feature to attract more business customers.

It turns out unlike the security on pc's, it is not as common that antivirus software on a mobile device.

70% of pcs have some kind of security programs installed on them, but only five percent of smart and tablets are protected.

Sam sun is helping to change that by preinstalling software for mobile security company lookout mobile on all of its new phones running the android operating system.

Jordan robertson is here to discuss that with me.

I should say, first off, what do you make of this announcement?

Huge deal for lookout.

This automatically gets their software on potentially tens of millions of phones.

Samsung is the hot mobile player.

From a security perspective, it is a better deal for lookout because they will get all of this data on mobile security threats that are merging, and essentially, get it for free.

What does this software protect users from?

Rightnow mobile security software is a solution in search of a problem.

There aren't a lot of mobile attacks, but there will be.

Hackers are just figuring out how to do it.

The main threat is malware that pertains to be an application, free angry birds or whatever, gets on your phone and dials out and send text messages to pay services under hacker control.

It charges your bill, runs up your bill and you don't know until the end of the month the hackers have artie gotten paid.

Do average consumers need this?

Will they needed?

At this point, people are using the software for find my phone.

Hackers are getting better at crafting malware for mobile phones, so there will be a time when this will be really valuable.

Should apple be doing something like this as well?

Apple has much tighter control over its apps store, so there's less threat of malware.

Anytime there's computer, those can be attacked.

Hackers can flip application simply into any app store.

Any computer needs some form of security, whether an application is the right approach, that is -- do you see in the future where phones will be protected, will have preinstalled software like computers do now?

A lot of it might be based on the cloud.

Whatever your handset operator were operating software is, a lot of the security will happen there.

Whether that means it is handled through a third party that works with a company like google or apple or whatever, that potentially is the model we are going to because installing software on any device slows it down.

Is perpetually the race the companies are running.

They don't want to shut down -- slow down your to peter, but want to scan for potential threats.

It is time for on the markets.

Julie hyman is in new york.

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