Mobile Device Security: Malware Attacks Are Increasing – Take These Steps To Protect Yourself

Mobile Device Security: Malware Attacks Are Increasing – Take These Steps To Protect Yourself

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During the first months of 2022, malware attacks targeting mobile devices surged by an incredible 500%. This escalation is alarming both in its size, and because many mobile device holders and owners are not protecting their devices.

Mobile device users tend to employ better security practices on their personal computers than they do on their own mobile devices, even though the computing power of a mobile device is growing exponentially. This is concerning, with over 60% of digital fraud now occurring through mobile devices.

Recommendations for Improving the Security of Your Mobile Device

Install Anti-Malware / Antivirus application.

Anti-malware and antivirus apps exist for mobile devices, and users are encouraged to install both on their devices, just like they would on their personal computers.

Make sure that any apps or software you install are from a known, trusted, and recommended developer. Avoid free, giveaway apps and security software, as these are commonly used by ill intentioned providers.

Do Not Download Applications from Unknown Sources

Only download applications for mobile devices that are provided by trusted sources, such as:

  • Google Play
  • The Apple App Store
  • The Microsoft Store

It is also of benefit, particularly for apps you are unfamiliar with, to ensure the application developer has a verified positive reputation.

Be extra careful with verifying emails on your mobile device

Checking email on your mobile device is convenient and many people choose to use their mobile device to manage email volume. However, it can be difficult to verify links contained within emails when using your mobile, so if in doubt; don’t click on the link and review the email when you are at your computer.

Beware of SMS Messages from unknown sources

An obvious sign of an illegal attempt to gain your information or trust is when you receive a text message that does not make sense or it is from an unknown source. For example, receiving a notification of goods shipped to you when you have not ordered them.

Remove apps from your device you haven’t used in the last 3 months

According to one report, approximately 2.6 million applications have not been updated in a year since their latest release or update. Apps are often neglected or discarded by their developer, and this can lead to a security vulnerability on your device. Hackers seek out out-of-date apps and their vulnerabilities to exploit them, and if left unchecked, these apps can represent a danger to your cybersecurity.

Update your operating system regularly

Whenever possible you should implement a standard policy for your devices’ updates, and if you manage an organisations device’s you should ensure that they are updated regularly, in accordance with organisational policy, as part of your overall cybersecurity management and plans. Operating systems with known vulnerabilities are an easy target for cybercriminals.

Don’t use public Wi-Fi

Using public Wi-Fi has the potential to expose your device to bad actors. If you must use a public Wi-Fi service, ensure you use a reputable (or your organisations preferred) VPN service.

Mobile Device Security Support And Solutions

If you would like assistance in implementing organisational security policy or integrating any of these suggestions, please get in touch, and we will be happy to help.

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