Mobile Malware infected 300% more phones
in Quarter Two 2015
Let’s remember that criminals
go where the action is, and since many people are getting smarter with laptop
and desktop security, mobile phones have become a major target. At least 290,000 new malware programs have
been identified just in the second quarter of 2015.
What are they after? The biggest target is mobile banking. Many of these programs are trying to steal
the user’s login credentials.
How do I protect myself?
First, understand that 1 out
of 4 computers and mobile devices are attacked by malware every three
months. This means that the chance of
your devices being attacked this year are close to 100%. You just need to make sure you know what to
avoid and how to be careful.
1. Applications and
games are frequent distributors of malware.
Consider the source it came from.
If the application/game is asking for more than it needs to do it’s job,
don’t install it.
2. Don’t connect to
your online bank or send private data when you are using insecure Wi-Fi. For example: Free Wi-Fi at the airport, fast
food restaurant etc…
3. Don’t jailbreak
your phone. This is pretty common with
techie people. They do it to remove the limitations of an operating system so
the user can gain full access to the operating system and features. The problem with this is that it also breaks
the security system on the device and opens it to malware.
4. Set a strong
password on your device and on the sim card as many phones are lost and stolen
5. The risk of
malware is highest on Android devices. Make sure your Android devices are
protected by anti-malware software. You can not currently purchase anti-malware for iOS or Blackberry devices. They are a much more difficult target and criminals are focussing on the low hanging fruit, namely Android.
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