President's Column

The virus warning and the design of intelligent smart-phone


Author:Prof. Dr. Peter Zec  | 2016-10-21


 The designers are struggling with viruses to provide faster network for users.


Over the years, smart phones have become such an integral part of our daily lives that it's hard to imagine a lifestyle that doesn't rely on these high-tech devices to make schedules and exchange information.Our hunger for mobile communications seems endless, even in countries in deep economic crisis.Today's mobile phones are a status symbol around the world, especially among young people who value mobile communications.This group of users is a boon for handset makers and communications providers.

For years, the industry of "smart" communications continues to boom. From dual lenses and voice recognition to a growing number of apps, the features are constantly being updated, ensuring the industry's future. In addition to technological innovations and improvements, much of the boom created by mobile phone makers has come from design. Like in the auto industry, the latest products are strictly confidential, and the company's in-house design department has been closed for years.This spy war over the color, shape and function of products has set the mobile phone industry apart from other industries.


Both mobile phone makers or telecom service providers have a common goal-to make smart phones an indispensable part of everyday life, for example,  mobile apps that can control a variety of appliances, cars, and even lights in your home.This creates countless business opportunities, but it is also difficult to assess the risks of misuse.



Although mobile phones can connect to the Internet anytime, anywhere, this luxury has its drawbacks.It has been a well-known problem for many years that various computer viruses, worms and trojans damaged the quality of mobile communications.We still don't know how to effectively prevent these viruses. Our experience with the Internet suggests that when millions of smart devices are connected, the temptation to destroy everything with viruses, worms, and trojans is hard to resist. And as mobile users increasingly rely on wireless technology, the problem is even harder to prevent. All functions performed over the Internet Protocol (IP) can be  completely disabled by a single virus attack.


Because mobile phones can connect to the Internet anytime, anywhere, this luxury has its drawbacks.It has been a well-known problem for many years that various computer viruses, worms and trojans cause the quality of mobile communications to be damaged.We still don't know how to effectively prevent these viruses.Our experience with the Internet suggests that when millions of smart devices are connected, the temptation to destroy everything with viruses, worms, and trojans is hard to resist.And as mobile users increasingly rely on wireless technology, the problem is harder to prevent.All functions performed over the Internet protocol (IP) can be disabled or even completely disabled by a single virus attack.


When designers want to pave the way to a new life in communications technology and build more versatile, convenient and powerful products, they will need the help of security experts to create effective spam filters and antivirus programs to protect the equipment. Experts around the world are working to develop a timely response antivirus system for IP networks that can detect viruses automatically, just like the human immune system, and can immediately identify and rule out abnormal conditions. In this way, good design in the future will not stop at the physical appearance of products, but will include the anti-virus system and other "invisible" design, so that people can enjoy the communication technology without worry.



※ This article is published in the design column of "uDesign has. Design"

 


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