Mobile is referred as ‘small miniature’ and has almost captured the world. This is the very reason why it has become prone to malware attack. The users are spending almost an average time on multiple mobile devices which stores or has sensitive information on it.
No one is unaware of the mobile malware, which has become the most productive for the hackers to hold off the confidential data and money. In the year 2017, the mobile malware increased by 46% with the new mobile threats like ransomware and ad-click ransomware, that has made the daily life complicated.
The risky apps have always remained the constant threat but today even the authorized App Stores are no safer. A recent research by McAfee Activate has found out that around 30% threat has increased and found in the Google Play Store by 2017.
And it includes fake versions of the authentic apps that are outlined to steal the personal information as well as other apps that sign up the users for the premium services, without their knowledge and leave them dumbstruck with the huge bills.
Among them, the biggest threats are the advance Cryptocurrencies miners. The infected apps hide in the background, deceive as harmless apps and use up the device’s computing power to mine for Bitcoin or other digital currencies. This sort of mobile malware can cause harm to mobile devices by overheating or stop functioning.
Including the risky apps, the other harms that may cause mobile malware is when you connect the mobile devices to the public Wi-Fi networks, which are mostly unsecured. Public networks like the one we get in hotels and airports.
This has become like a hunting ground, for the cybercriminals who to deliver malware on your mobile device by launching a fake Wi-Fi hotspot. The hackers can also spy on your confidential data that includes the passwords and the credit card number, which are sent from the device to the router.
Lastly, the explosion of the devices often known as the Internet of Things (IoT) that includes IP cameras, interactive speakers, and smart appliances, offers an attack for the cybercriminals. These sort of devices usually come with some security features, easily gets hacked and are used for spreading the malware to other rich content of data devices, that are connected to the same network.
Along with all the risks as mentioned above, the mobile users should know how to secure their devices and other information related to that-
Tips to safe mobile from mobile malware:
- Use Mobile security
You should check out whether all your devices are protected from the malware and other arising mobile threats, with the use of the security software. That will not only alert you to the risky apps and the risky links but also help you to locate and lock down a missing device.
- Avoid risky apps
Go for downloading the highly-rated apps from the official app stores only. Check the particular app’s permission to see how much they are using your data. Limit the data only to the app that needs to function properly. For example- a calculator app doesn’t need your contact or the location details.
- Select the strong passwords
To protect the online accounts and information, the very first thing you should do on your defense is to set a complicated or hard guess passwords. You may want to have a password manager for generating a strong password and that keeps them in the secure vault, to help you in functioning. It is recommended to check on inclusive security software that includes a password manager.
- Select your IoT device separate
Many IoT devices have many low securities and you may wish to keep them on a separate network from your devices like smartphones, tablets, and computers, as they contain your private information. Study your router’s user manual to know more about how to set up a second ‘guest’ network. Or you can go for investing in a router with a security that protects all the devices that are connected to the same network.
- Stay informed
Mobile malware is not leaving the mobile devices any time soon. Keep yourself up to date on the upcoming or latest threats and take steps to protect yourself from the threats.