Top Mobile Security Threats You Should Be Taking Seriously
Over the past few decades, cybersecurity threats have increased dramatically with the use of mobile devices. They provide yet another outlet for hackers to capitalize on. And the pandemic environment we’ve been in, with nearly everyone spending more time on their phones, is not helping.
Below, we’ll discuss some of today’s top mobile security threats, how you can prevent them, and why they should be taken care of sooner rather than later.
Malicious app downloads and permission granting
If an application is downloaded from another source that is outside of the official app store, a data leak is more prone to happen. If an attacker uses these apps with the intent of exploiting their users, your data could be stolen and/or sold to a third party. Data leaks can also move data across various business networks without ever being traced. So when it comes to downloading applications, make sure they are downloading directly from the Apple App store, Google Play, and other trustworthy providers. We know pop ups are annoying, and it’s easy to just click “accept” when prompted to provide information. Be more careful when it comes to denying access to your location, camera, and microphone, unless the app you’re using requires it.
We’ve said this time and time again — be careful where you connect to WiFi! While it’s fun to set up shop at Starbucks on a public network, that means your data can also be visible to others around you. If a WiFi hotspot requires you to create an account or password, that’s a red flag. Should you need to use these hotspots, make sure you’re doing low-risk activities such as online games or shopping for clothing.
Social engineering attacks
We’ve talked in blogs before about how phishing attacks are the most common types of cybersecurity threats. What we may not have stressed, is that mobile users are more vulnerable to these attacks because the small size of the screen limits the amount of information that can be seen at any given time. Users are more likely to click on a link without considering the repercussions. Tip: before clicking on a link enter the URL into the address bar of your browser to find out if it’s legitimate.
Forgetting the basics.
There are basic (and easy) things you can do to minimize risk, but often go overlooked. For example, update your usernames and passwords often, and make sure they are strong. Turn on multi-factor authentication, and make sure applications are updated regularly. If not, it could slow down the device. That downtime can leave you more prone to an attack. Also remember to log out of sites when you’re done using them — especially any mobile apps related to finance.
The remote environment means a good majority of us are utilizing video conferencing. While it’s a great way to stay connected, it could be detrimental if the tool isn’t encrypting conversationsor has a weak algorithm. Whatever tool you’re using, make sure it keeps identities safe and secures data.
While we could get into the nitty gritty of what businesses and individuals can do to protect their mobile devices, it all comes back to one thing — education. Businesses should deploy systems that prevent these things from occurring, but also include training so employees know how to best protect themselves.
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