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m-Protection

Will wireless security be ready?

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This story appears in the January 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

IDC says that m-commerce will be a $39.7 billion opportunity in the United States by 2005. But before you develop that music, game, video, e-book or application, know that hackers will be waiting to rip you off.

The only reason there hasn't been a headline-grabbing break-in, says Conal Mannion, a research director at Gartner Inc., is that there isn't much to steal or destroy on cell phones and PDAs-yet. It's unclear, says Mannion, whether the security will be there when the applications are.

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