Increasing use of Mobile as an attack vector

Android devices allow you to enable third party app stores. These can contain hacked versions of legitimate applications. With the help of these downloaded apps smartphones can silently call premium numbers, run-up clicks on advertising banners and perform DDoS attacks without the user being mindful.

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With time, smartphones have become a crucial part of our lives. We use them every day all day for almost everything. Whether it is contacting a loved one, sending emails for work, or just using social media, smartphones are today a necessity. But little do we know that these little spies have exposed us to various threats.
Infected applications and malware are gradually targeting our mobile devises. They can arrive at the user’s device by just simple download of some applications. Let’s have a look at the reasons of why these little tech devices have become more vulnerable to attacks:

  • Tech improvement 
    Earlier smartphones didn’t have sufficient bandwidth to be of use to hackers. Smartphones manufactured today have greater memory and processing powers than our laptops did only a few years ago and with 3G and 4G with all of this already have made our phones a gateway for exploitation by hackers.
  • Valuable Data 
    As we rely more and more on our smartphone day by day, we store a large amount of personal information on them. We store passwords, our family photos and our work-related information in them.
  • Built-in security flaws
    Android devices allow you to enable third party app stores. These can contain hacked versions of legitimate applications. With the help of these downloaded apps smartphones can silently call premium numbers, run-up clicks on advertising banners and perform DDoS attacks without the user being mindful.
  • Anti-virus applications may not be as safe as we think 
    A Forbes report in August revealed that anti-virus applications for mobile devices have opened the gates for more than 28 million cyber-attacks worldwide. These applications present attack paths and elbow room for cyber criminals often via security flaws and vulnerabilities.

Make your mobile a safer place

By combining inter-operable security platforms, smartphone users can be protected from the treats of others and their own actions. Companies can deploy mobile IT in confidence, making greater amounts of resources and information available when the attack surfaces are protected and constantly monitored.