These days it’s all too common to fall victim to hacking, phishing, and scams. Most of the time people think that if they protect their computers they are safe. And this is entirely true. However, there is a definite increase in the amount of malware incidence on mobile phones. More vulnerable seems to be the Android platform, but iPhones are also at risk. Many people are unaware the mobile malware even exists at all as it’s a relatively new phenomenon that coincides with the relatively new smartphone hardware that has exploded in popularity in the past few years. It wasn’t that long ago that nobody had a smart phone.
The funny thing is that nowadays losing a mobile phone could be potentially more dangerous and damaging than losing your wallet. While you can quickly cancel a few credit cards and write off the cash lost, losing your mobile phone could leave you vulnerable to a LOT, including email fraud, hacked accounts, and other potentially damaging theft.
Many mobile anti virus/malware programs are designed to help you prevent infections, as well as provide some measures to destroy your data in the event that your phone is lost.
One of the most common mobile device trojans is an app that disguises itself as a legitimate app but covertly sends shortcode SMS messages and bills the phone owner. The only way someone might find out about this is if they actually look at their phone bill and are unable to recognize the numbers that their texts are going out to. And I’m not personally someone that looks at the bill all the time. When’s the last time you saw a list of your texts?
Another sign to look out for is suddenly decreased battery life. This is a clue that your phone is working overtime on something in the background.
So what are some apps that you can get that will protect yourself from mobile hackery? According to this tech website, one of the best ones is Lookout. This program can help you to ensure that your mobile phone is secured against most threats that are on the market. It comes in free and premium versions, and the best part is the signal flare that will mark the location of the phone when it is about to die of low battery life, and then email that location to you.
The bottom line is that your phone is a vulnerable weak point, and the most common method of obtaining data from it could be theft. Ensure that you have a passcode, and enable apps that will allow you to remotely wipe the phone in the event that it is stolen. This is what I had to do when my phone was stolen. I truly don’t like having a passcode, but sometimes it’s necessary because we’re all human and sometimes we leave our phones behind. And then other humans are not so nice, and steal your belongings. Another good idea is to back up the data on your phone (such as photos) in the event that your phone is lost.
Ensure you’re not spreading harmful files to your smartphone when you connect it to your computer by installing a good antispyware software program, such as Spyhunter 4 or similar.
Keep yourself ahead of the game in terms of phone hacking news and updates by bookmarking a good security website, such as We Hate Malware. This site is great at keeping on top of the latest threats in the security world and informing its readers.