While the rate of malware infestation has definitely gone up in recent years, the ability to be able to fight has never been better. Never have we had so many tools at our disposal to be able to fight the bad guys. All of these tools, plus a new found awareness by the end user, allows us to be able to fight malware like never before.
The one problem is that we tend to think that all of our tools are just on the computer. Most security professionals, when fighting a security problem, will look to the basic computer tools first. Believe it or not, your portable laptop does not have to be your only option anymore. Now there is something smaller that will allow you to be able to fight the bad guys. Now you can use your mobile smart phone to be able to fight the bad guys in a more agile way.
How does your smart phone help?
Your smart phone is able to help you in a numerous amount of ways. First of all, you need to stop thinking of it as just your mobile phone. It is a lot more than that. Your smart phone allows you to have a mini computer in your pocket. If you have one of the more recent smart phones out on the market then it is probably more powerful than the computer you owned five years ago. Now you can take that power and leverage it to your advantage.
The tools for you to be able to do this are already out there. If you look at the different app store market places then you will see a lot of security tools for your phone to use on your network. There tools that will help you monitor the network, there are tools that will alert you in case anything goes wrong. There are even tools that will help you profile the network. Using this capability is the only sensible thing to do.
Probably the best phone for you to be able to do this is a powerful Android. While IPhones are powerful in their own right, an Android phone allows you to have a lot more flexibility. To be able to get the same flexibility with an IPhone you would probably have to root it.