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Mobile Design: Exploring the Role of Color in the Security of your devices

Avatar of Mister Mobility By Mister Mobility Oct29,2012
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It has been my observation that every time I went out with the HTC One X and took it out in public to use, it draws the attention of people. Its sleek lines, and the tasteful mix of black and white, make it quite a looker. Often, too, the looks it gets from guys on the street is similar to the way lions look at the game. It is often scary. In contrast, the comparatively plain design and black slab that the Nokia 808 is hardly ever gets any serious stares.

This has got me thinking of the relationship between the design and colours of a mobile and security. If I understand a bit of security well, the first rule is to avoid drawing attention to yourself. As such, while the One X is great for pulling rank (yeah, right) in a board meeting, at a hangout of friends, or even at a bubbling party, out on the streets in the midst of strangers, it becomes a potential security issue. You could get mugged for it.


Colour Blocking Comes To Mobile

If you have seen what both Nokia and HTC are churning out in the Windows Phone department, you will understand what I mean when I say that colour blocking has come to mobile. Okay; it isn’t exactly color blocking but do humour me a bit. The point is that those devices scream for attention like none other. That will likely make them serious security risks.

Imagine doing some shopping on Lagos Island, and while walking along, you pull out that bright yellow Nokia Lumia 920 or red Nokia 820 to take a call. People around you are bound to take notice of that peacock you’re holding to your ear.

How Do You Handle Your Attractive Mobile in Public?

In a discussion with a Mobilista recently, he said he never pulls out his mobile in certain public settings. How about you?

If you own an attractive mobile device, like an iPhone 5, HTC One X, Nokia N9, or BlackBerry Porsche, how do you handle them in public? Do you get those looks? Do you get that feeling of mild apprehension that you are being watched? How do you deal with the potential security issue of carrying an attractive device?

Oh, and do you have your device insured? You know, just in case.

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By Mister Mobility

Founder, MobilityArena. Way back from the days of EPOC, Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems, I have owned a few hundred smartphones and tablets, and counting.

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