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I have a school project with the topic name "Mobile Website security" which is a little confusing. The task is to write a report regarding the type of threats and the defenses against these threats

As from what I understand, a mobile website is basically a website that is scaled down to fit onto a mobile phone.

After googling, the word mobile security appears quite a lot, but it doesn't seem to be in the same category as a mobile website

So my questions are:

  1. Does the security of a mobile website and a "full" website differ?

  2. Is mobile security the same as mobile website security?

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  • "Mobile Website Security" isn't a well-defined term. I'm not voting to close even though this question seems a bit broad as I can imagine some possible answers (mainly regarding client-side attacks such as XSS, CSRF, or open redirect), but this is really something you should ask your teacher.
    – tim
    Commented Mar 18, 2017 at 12:34
  • Yes, this term is causing alot of confusion for me Commented Mar 18, 2017 at 12:37
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    You should probably request clarification from your teacher. We're not psychic or anything, so a vague question stumps us as well.
    – timuzhti
    Commented Mar 18, 2017 at 12:56
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    There is no fundamental difference in used technology and security risks between a normal website and a mobile version. Mobile website security is not really a thing while the security of mobile devices absolutely is.
    – Arminius
    Commented Mar 18, 2017 at 13:36

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I've noticed nobody actually answered this question and while the questioner might be helped already, others might have the same question.

There is no significant difference between a regular website and their mobile version. You use the same technology and therefore the same risks apply to these websites. Of course, there is a big difference between securing a regular website and mobile security - They are fundamentally different.

In this specific case; asking your teacher to clarify the assignment might be your best shot. This could be the answer to your second question "Is mobile security the same as mobile website security" as there is no such thing is 'mobile website security' in the security industry unless your teacher meant the same.

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    Also to add on, what my group did was to treat mobile website security as a subset of mobile security, only picking mostly of scripting attacks, phishing, mostly browsers related attacks and got A for the assignment Commented May 23, 2017 at 7:58

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