Mobile devices are unique in different ways. For example, they use particular operating systems. Also, they run different types of apps. These factors make them vulnerable to specific security threats.
5 Threats to Mobile Devices in 2016
Here is a list of some of the major threats to mobile devices.
Spyware programs can tell your location and even all the things that you do when using your mobile device. It is interesting to note that the threat of spyware for mobile devices arises from criminals and the people that you know. Criminals can install spyware on your mobile device.
However, in most cases, the people you live or work with can install this type of program on your phone. For example, your spouse may install it on your device as a way of monitoring your movements. Your employer may use spyware to keep tabs on you. In either case, the program works to compromise your security as well as the sense of privacy.
2. Data loss
When using a mobile device, you can use your data very easily. This can happen in several ways. First, the different apps that you use on your phone can collect and send data to specific servers. You may not know that the apps are doing this sort of thing since they handle indicate it.
Most of the apps that you use request to show your location. When you allow them, they usually record this information and send it to remote servers. Advertisers then mine the information and use it to send you a particular type of advertisements. The advertisers usually tailor their adverts to your behavior.
3. Using public Wi-Fi networks
Cyber criminals can take advantage of public Wi-Fi networks by employing complex tools. Although the process is complicated, remember that we have very polished hackers everywhere. Therefore, do not rule out the risk that you face whenever you use a public Wi-Fi network.
In practice, all devices that you use on a public Wi-Fi become vulnerable to different types of hacking attacks. However, we focus on mobile devices because you are likely to use your tablet or mobile on a public Wi-Fi network.
Hackers can access your mobile device if you are using an unsecured public Wi-Fi network. Sadly, you cannot bank on the hope that you will be verifying every network at all times. The best solution for this problem is to use a VPN service whenever you are on a public Wi-Fi network.
Hackers still send email messages to unsuspecting individuals. They use this method as a way of luring their targets to click on links. When you click on the link, you end up landing on a different site from the one you thought you would go to.
It is very easy for users of mobile devices to click on links within emails. One of the reasons for this is that when you use your mobile device, you receive email notifications as the messages come in. The constant desire to check your inbox and read your email messages ay easily lead you to click on toxic links.
Therefore, typical hacking attacks remain one of the most common threats for mobile devices. They threaten to compromise the security and privacy of individuals who use mobile devices. Hackers can use these attacks to steal confidential information of users of mobile devices successfully.
5. Fake Wi-Fi networks
Criminals are nowadays creating fake Wi-Fi networks and then use them to steal confidential information from individuals. In particular, criminals may create a fake Wi-Fi network and give it a familiar name. Usually, they create the network in public places where very many people like to visit.
When you try to connect to the network, you will have to go through a form of a registration process. You will have to enter an address and a password. The chances are that you may end up using your legitimate email address and its associated password! Hackers then can easily collect your set of login information and start to try it out on your different accounts.
As it is the case with other threats, fake Wi-Fi networks work well on mobile devices because people tend to use such devices in places where criminals stage these attacks.
In conclusion, watch against these five common threats to mobile devices. Be vigilant when using public Wi-Fi networks and use anti-malware software. Lastly, avoid clicking on links that you cannot verify.