With the handset becoming the all in one device in our lives – Mobile Security becomes an important area of concern. Mobile become no. 1 device to manage our personal & business life. Enterprises are happily connecting employee smartphones to their business systems under Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme.
Its benefits are as follows:
Mobile phone hacking incidences doubled in Jan- Jun 2016 over Jan- Jun 2015 as its security is almost non-existent. Gartner claims that by 2018, a quarter of corporate data traffic will flow directly from mobiles to the cloud, bypassing any enterprise security completely.
Challenges to Secure Mobile Data
Some common types of Malware
Viruses can enter via Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth connections, Downloading files, receiving mails/ SMS’s/ cookies. It install itself without user consent.
Standalone software program which replicate its functional copies and spread quickly to other devices.
Unknowingly accessing fake mirror sites exposes information & passwords
Collect information & passwords without leaving a trace
Some apps, especially free ones may have a malicious coding
Seemingly harmless programs, trick you into installing, infect devices
Symptoms & Actions
- Phone sends messages by itself/ attacks other phones
- Data disappears/ breached to create new accounts
- Suspicious bank activity
- Change passwords to all linked accounts from a different device
- Alert Friends & family of potential Malware texts
- Consult OEM for advice & service
- Google 2 steps authentication process
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