Using a mobile web proxy to surf the web could reveal your mobile phone number. That's the warning from Collin Mulliner, a security researcher and PhD student at Berlin's Technische Universitat, who was speaking at last week's CanSecWest conference.
Some mobile networks use proxy servers to reformat web pages to fit on the smaller screens of 'non-smartphones'. The operator intercepts the customer's internet data, identifies the web site they want and then provides a 'friendlier' version of the chosen web site.
However, Mr Mulliner says a number of mobile operators are adding information that could reveal the customer's identity to the web site owner.
Nokia is buying Novarra, a Chicago-based company that produces mobile internet browsers for network operators and handset manufacturers. The two companies already work together, with Novarra browsers seen on a number of Nokia phones. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of June 2010.
Orange has revealed a new programme for its UK dealers. The Orange Partner Programme, which was announced at Orange's recent Indirect Business Channel Conference, will launch at the beginning of April. In addition, a new revenue sharing agreement is due to be revealed in July. Orange is also extending the product range it offers its partners, with dealers able to sell Managed VPNs and the Orange Wirefree Extension later this year.