Mobile security is a measure one takes to protect against a wide range of threats. In today’s digital world, cyber threats are at an all-time high.
Mobile vulnerability is a major issue. Protecting your phone is not a tough job, provided you follow the basic features of protection.
Mobile phones play a leading part in our day-to-day life. Mobile devices are full of sensitive information such as passwords, pictures, credit card details, contacts, videos, Emails, text messages etc.
We use our cell phones nowadays virtually for a lot of things, particularly for online shopping, fund transfer, watching movies, etc.
These accesses make the doors open for cybercriminals to steal information.
Moreover, Hackers will not only steal the information but also listen to conversations and the ways of communication.
Hence, our complete profile can be seen on our mobile device.
Our mobile device is in a way a mobile bank. Hacking means retrieving data, sending phishing Emails and locking data too. Once locked, the hackers demand ransom to unlock the data.
So, we can never afford to underestimate mobile security and the skills of hackers.
Mobile Security threats
Let us discuss different types of mobile security threats.
1. Phishing Attack
In a mobile device, phishing attacks come through Emails.
The mobile screen size is smaller compared to a desktop. So in the E-mail inbox, we can see only the sender’s name.
To see the header, one needs to enlarge it.
Users will not do that always. Instead, they click to open the Email as soon as they see the sender’s address.
This click leads to inject some malware in the mobile.
So, phishing attack is the most vulnerable one in mobile devices.
2. Data Leakage
Data leakage refers to slow data theft. Mobile Apps are often the source of unintentional data leakage.
Majority of data leakage is accidental. For example, a particular employee may choose the wrong recipient while sending an Email or WhatsApp message containing sensitive data of the company.
Data leakage happens through mobile Apps also. This is possible when hackers inject malware for data leakage through mobile Apps.
Hence, only the most needed Mobile App installation on our device is advisable.
3. Public WiFi issues in Mobile Security
The mobile phone is a compact device that we carry in our hand. So it is always tempting to connect with the available public Wi-Fi while travelling.
If connected , there is no guarantee for the security of our data.
Juice Jacking that happens through public Wi-Fi is one of the cybersecurity threats involving a charge port that doubles as a data connection.
Juice jacking either installs malware or copies sensitive data from mobile phones, tablets, etc.
So, it is safe to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) while travelling. Unavailability of VPN may open many doors for hackers.
4. Cryptojacking Attack
Cryptojacking, also called crypto mining, is an online threat that hides the mobile phone and uses the mobile resources to mine forms of online money called cryptocurrencies.
This malicious code is easy to deploy in mobile devices, but hard to detect.
Cryptojacking has become a serious global problem, with cybercriminals gaining unauthorized entry to computer systems to make money with minimal risk and effort.
Cryptojacking is on the rise, with hackers coming up with new ways to steal computer resources and mine for cryptocurrencies.
Upon detecting, it’s hard to trace back the hackers though. By that time, the hackers would have stolen a lot of cryptocurrencies.
Spyware, also called stalkerware, are designed to be installed on mobile devices without the owner’s knowledge.
This App may be installed on mobile devices by colleagues, friends, or spouses to keep track of the activities.
It monitors internet usage, tracks login credentials, and personal information.
The basic aim of this spyware is stealing credit card details, passwords and all account transactions.
It may damage your device without your knowledge.
The speed of the processor and the network gets reduced when the spyware is installed on the mobile phone.
This is one way of common attack in mobile devices.
Hence, we need to follow some security tips to prevent these threats.
Mobile Security Tips
Major security tips we need to follow:
1. Keep your phone Locked
Set up with a two factor authentication which means double validation.
For example, touch ID or facial recognition and patterns.
2. Use Secure Wi-Fi
The main use of a mobile device is that we can use the Internet anywhere we go. However, one should avoid using public Wi-Fi.
Use VPN for secure communication.
3. Avoid Apps from third party sites
Download official Apps from GooglePlay or iTunes, when you download the Apps and check the reviews.
Cyber criminals use fraudulent Apps to track and steal your data.
4. Update the Operating System
These updates protect your mobile devices and the information stored therein.
5. Avoid opening E-mails
Try to avoid opening E-mails in mobile devices. Many of the phishing attacks are activated through e-mails.
6. Don’t use common passwords.
Use a different password for every login. It is not safe using the common password for all logins.
Use strong passwords and change the passwords regularly.
Don’t store passwords on your mobile device.
Some more tips need to be considered,
7. Use Antivirus Software
Install the latest version of antivirus software on your mobile phones. This helps to prevent different types of malware and Viruses. You can use BitDefender total security.
Malwares and viruses may damage the device.
So, better use the updated version of antivirus software.
8. Avoid public charging
Hackers use Juice Jacking at the public charging station. It may steal all the sensitive data. Hence, avoid charging your mobile devices at public stations. (Ex. The railway station, Airport, Restaurants, etc.)
9. Backup your data
If the mobile is stolen or lost, what will happen to your data on the mobile?
Make sure that you Sync your phone so that your data is backed up on the cloud.
Then your contacts, pictures, Emails, etc. will be secured even if you have lost your mobile.
10. Turn “ON” Remote Tracking
This feature should be turned on to easily find the location of the device, in case if it had been lost.
For Android mobiles, the option turned to be “ON” is “FindMyDevice.”
For iPhones, the option turned to be “ON” is “FindMyiPhone.”
We have discussed different types of mobile security threats and tips to avoid potential threats.
At the end of the day, safety and security matters. Lookout Mobile Security.
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