- 02-01-2013, 05:34 AM #6
- 02-01-2013, 07:26 AM #7
I have Skydrive and love it. But, I also have a huge customer base with excel files containing pertinent, sensitive info for these customers and I don't always have access to data. It would be nice to copy/paste these files to my phone and be able to open them. As it is right now, can't be done through file manager or dl thru Skydrive for local storage. I can email them as attachments and open them, but no local storage option. I left iPhone years ago because of this issue. I can't believe there is not a way to store documents local to phone short of email and access them on phone.
- 02-03-2013, 02:56 PM #8
Save files to skydrive. What about if you are in an area where there is no signal and would like to have that data? Also moving this data up and down uses a lot of data plan. Android is popular beacause it give people the choice to use cloud or local storage.
02-05-2013, 05:53 AM #9
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There are many ways to receive many types of files to the phone; email attachments, messaging applications, downloading from the web, and at last we can't find those files on the phone and we cant explore the folders where are those files saved!,
Only the .JPG files (pictures) can be shown in the albums. .. but nothing else..
- 02-05-2013, 06:33 AM #10
- 02-05-2013, 06:45 AM #11
his thread (unfortunately, my "opponent" and all his posts vanished into thin air by the end of the thread, but you should be able to follow along since I quoted him most of the time). However, you will need to read the entire thread for it to make sense.
- 02-05-2013, 07:09 AM #13
I don't think you get my point. You can survey and you will find out more than 70% of people would like to manage their files on the device. Is this compromising security on Android phones?
They are growing bigger and stronger. Microsoft should find away to make this work as it is on Android phones. If they can do this the phone will get more attraction than it is now.
- 02-05-2013, 07:36 AM #14
The same logic applies to the "keep wifi active while screen is locked" issue. Microsoft should let the user decide it. Instead, it turns wifi off automatically and you need a 3rd party app to do the trick.
There's an app called "Phone Explorer" avaliable, but I didn't download it yet.
- 02-05-2013, 08:00 AM #15
Secondly, you are confusing the problem with the solution. The lack of a file manager isn't the problem! Introducing a file manager is just a proposed solution for problems nobody in this thread has yet defined! Until we've defined exactly what those problems are, any discussion of a solution is simply premature. That is why I provided you with a link to a thread in which this was previously debated. You didn't read it, but I'll be glad to further discuss the issue once you've read up. I'm not trying to be rude. It's just that it is a big topic and I don't want to repeat everything again here.
- 02-05-2013, 08:04 AM #16
- 02-06-2013, 12:51 AM #18
Take, for example, the iOS security problem Coolknight1968 mentioned here. This iOS security issue exists due the availability of an API that allows any app to read the owners inbox. WP deliberately omits such an API, but a programmatically accessible file system would allow access to the file in which mails are stored. That isn't quite as simple to exploit as on iOS, but nevertheless good enough to facilitate misuse given a determined enough attacker. Accessing such a file on the file system doesn't yet constitute an attack. For that, we must also consider intent. A corporate app that spies on employees mails is one attack (One). A similar app that facilitates corporate espionage is another (Two). An app that attempts to relay personal mail communications with your bank or your physician in the interest of perpetrating fraud or extortion is another (Three). The same applies to any other kind of data on your smartphone. Once it is accessible to other apps by any means, it instantly becomes a target for attack. The ability to access calendar data may allow apps to determine when you are home or on holidays. The lure of attacking banking or stock trading apps is obvious, etc. etc. etc.
The typical response is to suggest that security must be managed on the basis of individual files. Although possible, that just isn't a realistic proposition for a consumer oriented device. It also implies that OS developers hand over the responsibility for security to app developers, which most would agree isn't a good idea considering the level of quality smartphone apps typically achieve. The basic problem remains, which is the eternal conflict between usability and security. That conflict will always sway some developers to err on the side of usability, when they really shouldn't. That is how security holes appear. Over time, and given enough apps, thousands of them come into existence just waiting to be exploited.
Incorporating the ability for apps to access data at what is almost the lowest level of the operating system (the file system), amounts to ripping a huge hole in a bank vault, and hoping nobody of ill intention finds it. That is why neither iOS nor WP allow it, and it is also why Android is pretty much screwed in that regard.
Well then, why isn't it a problem on desktop computers and servers where the file system is accessible? Well, actually, it is a problem. Why do you think our desktop computers get updates almost weekly. One side develops new methods of attack while the other side develops new methods of defence... it's a never ending cycle, and Microsoft not being at the very front end of that cycle is what caught them their bad rep back in the early 2000's. That is where Android is heading now, but Microsoft, having learned their lesson, buttoned up WP nice and tight to ensure they don't need to engage in such an arms race again. WP simply must be more secure than a desktop computer, from the outset, by design.
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- 02-06-2013, 07:21 AM #19
Mmm. Your edit brought my next point to light:
Desktops. They allow file access. Either wp is secure, or w8 is insecure, given the current excuses / reasons for lacking / including filemanagers.
I know everyone will say "android is crap, and/or terribly insecure!" given the forum we're on. I'm fine with that, just don't see the issues happening with my desktops, laptops, phones or tablets.
Ill throw wp a bone, too: I don't believe there is a virus circulating yet for the platform. I'm truely amazed by this. Maybe, just maybe the micrsoft fans were right with one bit of reasoning: (this was 'why' macs never got viruses)
"The user base is too small to write for."
Iff they were, android should be crashing and I shouldn't be able to type this entire message while connected to the internet, without my bank account being drained, gas turned off, or car reposessed.
Some humor, there at the end.
- 02-06-2013, 04:41 PM #20
this (I dislike the Inquirer, but Mikko is very well respected in the industry), this, this or this.
Might it be that you need to revaluate you own biases, or change your method of approaching this topic? I don't know...
These days, Windows is an extremely secure OS. Unfortunately, all the improvements Microsoft made over the last decade fail to address the single biggest threat to the integrity of any Windows installation... the user him/herself. You stated that you haven't experienced any security related issues first hand. I believe you. Generally, people who know what they are doing, don't. Unfortunately, that is a small minority of the general public. Many people will gladly install a "free player" to stream a movie online, install pirated software, double click on files strangers sent them by mail, or literally do hundreds of other things anyone with some common IT sense would never do. The most problematic security issue W8 faces, is that it was never designed to protect users from themselves. Unfortunately, that can't be fixed after the fact without severely compromising compatibility. On the other hand, WP8 is designed to do exactly that... protect users from themselves. That is the main difference between the two OS' in terms of their security models.
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- 02-06-2013, 11:10 PM #21
Even with grey parts, its one or the other when it comes to secure vs insecure.
When you say android is a malware incubator, I think you've shown a heavy bias yourself. A moment ago w8 users were to blame, now, if google made it, its the os.
Windows, on a phone (wp8) would pwn. I truely don't understand why microsoft has hamstringed the wp os so severely. Its ok if there are reasons I can't wrap my small brain around, but the few hundred million other people that can't also... are a lost sale.
- 02-07-2013, 09:00 AM #22
Aren't you just citing my apparent bias as an excuse to not do your homework? Although that is certainly easier, it won't make you any smarter. You are simultaneously calling the entire security research community biased (since I'm not saying anything different), but if you really want to go there, then be my guest.
Unfortunately, it seems I haven't been able to convince you of anything. The thing is, nobody can if you don't want to be.
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- 03-26-2013, 01:25 AM #25
maybe it doesn't -need- to be more secure ?
or worse, the information goldmine is more of a smoosh uselss of facebook posts and tweets than banking numbers, and completely uninteresting. the mound of data to sift through so mind numbingly useless that there is no point ?
if that is true, wp, webos, symbian, wm, sailfish, jola, debillllllian, and a few others can sigh and enjoy some obscurity security, compliments of a cloud of huge, worthless, data, and no filer.