Top 5 mobile threats of 2017 to be aware of

Posted by SMITA

Date NOVEMBER 23, 2017

The Internet is a funny place you never know what you might just find. To be on the edge of knowing what’s been happening around us, the first thing we reach to is our beloved cell phone. Well, no one calls by that name it’s a smartphone. Smartphone and other devices have become a staple of modern life. The portable device is getting so powerful by means of awareness, research, blog, etc. that it is overwhelming. So to safeguard the mobile devices, the wireless network needs to be secure and accurate too. Let us walk you through some of the mobile threats from past.

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1. Fake mobile apps

This has been the number one reason for mobile crashing down. We install any application which we think is useful to us and with recommendations too. Sometimes while browsing reliable sources, they are some malware filled apps which disguise us. Judy on Google Play and YiSpecter for iOS are examples of auto clicking fake mobile app through which suspicious activities can be performed. To minimize the mobile security threat always read user reviews, ratings. This will ensure that app is genuine and trustworthy. Also using an automated mobile application testing tool can be beneficial.

2. Syncing

Syncing and keeping the phone, software up to date is a priority. This requires a minimum of Bluetooth or an internet connection. Syncing is a process between two devices which are linked in a way that they can exchange data or files etc. This can be a serious mobile security threat which can infect the device with malicious files or malware.

3. CTR (click-through rate)

Majority of malware acts happen through CTR action. Click through rate is an ultimate step while performing an online quiz or winning a competition. The CTR helps to evaluate how many users have click and have redirected to the actual landing page (a page which is where the user will land as the last step). To eliminate the risk of the malicious or wrongdoing, always make sure you are on a secured page and don’t click any link which you aren’t sure of.

With a simple click, the user gives permission for the unsecured invasion.

4. Phishing

Phishing is an illegal attempt to invade into private space to acquire sensitive information such as passwords, credit card details, etc. A hacker will draft an email particularly asking the user to respond to immediately to save from an unknown threat which might be harmful. The receiver will tend to fix the problem by providing all the details required, thereby giving out personal details. The trick is to get the user to click the link or download the file which is malicious or compromised. The only way to get saved from this kind of attack is to be aware of all the hoax and spam emails.

5. Squatting

Faking an entire website or a link which is made to look exactly like the legitimate one is termed as cybersquatting. Cybercriminals are producing websites with a slight typo (which is a great way to spot a fake website). The user doesn’t realize that they have landed on a fake website. In some cases, these websites are to distribute malware while phishing scam is where the hacker is extracting details such as credit card details, passwords etc. To stay safe, always double check the link to the landing page and keep the anti-virus in the computer system up to date.

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