Mobile communication is integral to the digitally driven world. You must be using mobile for communication, entertainment and work related purposes. Mobile has increased accessibility for the consumers, and it has made things easy & convenient for them. Along with the convenience, it has also managed to increase the security threats to the devices. The vulnerabilities in the devices are something that the hackers can cash in on, causing major issues within these devices.
Most of the devices are detected by malware programs as they can access the Internet and download a number of things. Recently, we had heard of the Judy malware which attacked close to 36 Mn Android based devices, most of which were handsets. This is a huge thing, one that the operating system is planning to avoid. Google has, in fact, planned to reward people who can identify the bugs and tell the company about it. Similarly, there is a reported increase in the bugs reported in iOS based devices as well.
Here we will discuss the threats to mobile security that lead to an increased level of opportunity for the hackers.
Haven’t you often heard that the data got leaked owing to malware that bugged the mobile app? Enterprise appsspecifically are a wealth of data. Any bug affecting them can prove to be a major issue for the users. You ask for app permissions, which the user gives away freely. In the course of these permissions, malware attacks the user’s devices, compromising the information stored on them. A lot of personal as well as official data gets stolen owing to a compromised app security. It is always a good idea to give permissions that you believe are necessary for your app usage.
Ransomware is one of the biggest security threats that your device faces. It started with websites hacking into your desktop to steal important information so that it can be held for ransom. Today, the vulnerabilities within the mobile devices is a dead giveaway to the people asking for ransom. You will see a lot of secure data, such as the bank account passwords, your personal information, your social security number, etc. are being held for ransom after the bugs are exploited to attack your device and steal some valuable information.
SMS –based Attacks
Have you ever faced attacks via SMS? This is pretty common. You get links that you need to open to authenticate certain information. Typically, the links and the sender seem genuine. From the email world, the phishing has evolved to the SMS world. By clicking on these links, you make your device vulnerable to the attacks, and in turn, give away the information. This is a growing security threat for your mobile device.
Insecure Data Storage
Enterprise apps are most vulnerable in this matter. If you store information in these apps, and the app has an unresolved bug, then your data is in danger. The chances are that the data stored will be hacked, or there would be an inevitable misuse of this data by advertisers and others. Insecure data storage is also another threat that mobile devices face.
If the app you have installed has a weak encryption algorithm, you will face the vulnerabilities that accompany it. Either the crypto-algorithm is the one that has vulnerabilities or, the algorithm is incomplete. Either way, it can cause malfunctioning in your device and make it the best opportunity for the hacker.
The networks that you use to communicate are never full-proof, making your device vulnerable to attacks from malware. There are chances that the hackers tend to set-up fake access points when you access WiFi in public places such as coffee shops, airports, etc. The access points are named using generic names, which can fool even the best of the people. It is always good to be cautious when connecting to public WiFi.
User & Device Authentication
Most mailing apps have donned the user & device authentication, which has allowed the user to store passwords, and their data on the devices. If the device is stolen, your authentication and the data therein is at risk. This is one of the major threats to mobile devices, as they contain valuable information.
In banking apps, timed sessions make you log out of the app if you don’t process the information on time. This is not the case with most other apps, which leads to the secure information being leaked. With timed sessions, you can prevent misuse of confidential information.
Security is a great deal with mobile devices, especially with apps becoming an integral part of your mobility. With enterprise apps, BYOD and other technological evolution, it is a given that you need to protect your mobile handsets with a password so that ransomware and other attackers don’t get into your app.
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