Five Mobile Security Threats Prevalent Nowadays

You might think that because of the way our phones are built, along with storefronts like Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store that have built-in security, our phones are less vulnerable to threats like malware compared to computers are.  Features that keep malware at bay.

Unfortunately, it is not and there are threats to mobile devices, and the best way to avoid falling victim to scammers, hackers and malware is to stay informed about the latest threats and also commonly used attacks.

With that in mind, what threats should you take seriously now? Read on to find out.

Obsolete Equipment (Out of date devices)

Many phone manufacturers today have committed to providing monthly security updates to keep phones updated with the latest threats. It can be a tedious process to update your phone from time to time, but if you fail to keep your phone up to date, you can become vulnerable.

This is because outdated devices generally mean these devices have bugs that have not yet been patched, bugs that a hacker could exploit to break into your phone and steal critical information on it, like worse that after a while manufacturers stop supporting devices entirely, which makes them

Does that mean you can think your phone is financially sound for 56 years, but are they worth the potential security risks?

Choosing Bad Passwords

Memorizing a lot of passwords can be a hassle, so it’s not surprising that many people choose easy-to-remember passwords, but doing so compromises the security of your device.  Proper security makes it easy for people to guess your credentials, so choosing “1234” or “0000” as your phone’s PIN is probably not the best idea.

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A 2019 Google and Harris Poll found that more than 50% of Americans reuse passwords for multiple accounts, which means that a hacker who breaks into one of your accounts could break into your other accounts as well.  There are a number of authentication apps for mobile devices that add an extra layer of security. So it might be worth trying out.

Not to mention that password managers are pretty common these days and generating and memorizing a complex password has become a lot easier.

Driveby Downloading

Downloads Links in e-mails from strangers or messengers from random people on the Internet should under no circumstances be clicked.This is because you don’t know where the link takes you and it could take you to a website that could initiate a Driveby download. Here the link will open a website and initiate a malware download and installation on your phone without your knowledge.

There are many websites of this type, so it is best to ignore these links and click on those posted by people you trust.

Cryptojacking Strike

Everyone is talking about cryptocurrency mining these days, but to mine efficiently, you need a lot of hardware. This can be a costly endeavor, which is why some unscrupulous attackers could attempt to cryptojack your mobile device, essentially hijacking your phone and using its resources for mining.  

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This can cause your phone to feel slowed down or delayed because its resources are being used without your knowledge. While apps that hijack mobile devices for cryptocurrency mining purposes are rare, thanks to the efforts of Apple and Google, they can still show up when you visit malicious websites.

Cell Phone Ad Fraud

There are several ways that developers can make money from their applications. You can ask for a one-time fee or subscription, or you can do it for free but insert ads. Mobile ads are expected to be a big revenue generator, according to eMarketer, valued at up to $ 117 billion this year alone.

This is why a cell phone ad scam is when malware installed on a phone can help generate clicks that make it appear as it came from a real human. Since some mobile ads pay per click, it can have a negative impact on advertisers and advertisers. Platforms that pay for fraudulent clicks without knowing it.

However, it can also have a negative impact on users as the background activity while generating clicks could have slowed the phone’s performance, much like cryptojacking can consume a phone’s resources.

Mobile threats will, unfortunately, continue to exist, just as we have not yet solved the problem with computer viruses

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Atif Abidi
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