Latest Mobile Security Challenges | Occupational safety
Mobile devices offer a huge market for developers and marketers looking for ways to reach millions of people around the world. This makes mobile devices and users at high risk for cyber crimes and virus attacks.
The four types of security threats to be aware of are:
Device – the risk of mobiles containing important information being stolen or lost
Network – public Wi-Fi networks can put you at risk if your data is not encrypted
Mobile apps – fake apps that people download can be created to steal personal information
Websites – some websites can direct you to malicious content which is then downloaded onto devices.
Social engineering attacks
Social engineering attacks target users via emails and text messages. This is called “phishing”. Cybercriminals attempt to manipulate users into sharing their personal information. Hackers can send users information prompting them to download viruses to their devices. Businesses can train their staff on how to spot fraudulent messages and how to prevent those messages from getting through.
IoT Privacy Breaches
“IoT” or “Internet of Things” can describe any device connected to the Internet, this can include smart tablets, smart TVs, Alexa, baby monitors, etc. Although synchronizing these devices with the Internet offers multiple benefits, it is also another avenue where cybercrime can take place. Violators can violate your privacy by hacking into your devices where security is weak or not in place.
Mobile spyware is software that can be installed on a device without the knowledge of the user. It differs from computer spyware because hackers can monitor activities on your phone remotely. A simple click on a dubious advertisement can provide a gateway for installing spyware on your device. This exposes your personal information which can then be collected and analyzed.
Poor password management
Weak passwords are one of the easiest ways for cybercriminals to hack into your devices and systems and gain access to your data. It’s very easy to prevent, but it’s also the biggest threat to mobile security.
Companies have trained their staff not to use the same password for every device or system on personal and work accounts. However, due to the use of multiple systems, users choose the fastest way to use the same password. Many claim that using different passwords becomes confusing and most even forget what they are, which is true, but making passwords more difficult is essential to avoid falling victim to cybercrimes.
Lost or stolen devices
Mobile device theft is one of the most common crimes. People often misplace their personal or work mobile phones, which puts them and their businesses at risk. Although it has always been a risk, the importance of mobile device and application management is critical as more people work remotely and phones are increasingly advanced in their capabilities.
Many users have work mobiles or use their personal mobile for corporate applications containing information such as company finances and customer data. This can become a huge threat to corporate mobile security if cell phones are stolen or lost.
Fraudulent activities on mobile apps
Despite the measures taken to protect mobile devices from security threats, there will always be ways for scammers and hackers to gain access to them. Cybercriminals target unprotected apps, fake apps, and even App Store apps, as some may contain malware. When users download these apps, they allow hackers to access their sensitive information.
Many users are unaware of this type of threat because the application may seem to work normally. Some apps are insecure, which is another way for hackers to digitally steal people’s details, access their digital wallets, extract valuable information, and gain access to other sensitive data.
Secure your mobile against security threats
As mobile technology rapidly evolves, mobile security threats will evolve as well. The best way to combat this is to update anti-virus apps regularly and educate others about internet safety. Try to ensure that you take all possible measures to protect your information online.
Learn more about mobile security threats here.