Mobile Security Basics: How to Protect Your Device?

“Take the same precautions on your mobile device as you do on your computer with regard to messaging and online safety.” — StaySafeOnline.org

Mobile Security threats are becoming a topical issue, since every day more and more people are connecting to lots of networks, downloading and installing various apps and granting all kinds of accesses to them. You probably know that your computer can be hacked if you install malicious software or someone gains admittance to it via a network connection. Do you know there is an excessive list of ways of stealing and using your personal information from your mobile device? We decided to cover the basics of mobile security in our article so that you and your business stay safe when going mobile.

Security challenges of mobile devices

The number of smartphone users amounts up to 2.6 billion. Due to the convenience and accessibility of mobile devices, anyone can quickly connect to the Internet or use a given app almost anywhere at any moment. Smartphones became an integral part of our lives, both personal and professional. Most of the users have their devices at hand 24/7. Don’t you?

Though the statement of a leading computer security expert might sound too dramatic for some of us, there is common sense in his words. There is a lot of fuss in the world about online security and safety of transferred personal data, and you should not assume that it’s only an issue of a PC or a laptop. Among all of the data transmitting devices, it is usually smartphones that get unlimited access to every aspect of our lives. So, what do we risk and what are the cyber security challenges of mobile devices?

  • Loss
    As we’ve said at the beginning of the article, most users keep their devices within their reach 24/7. Are you dead sure your device is not within someone else’s grab? If your mobile phone gets lost, what personal information can the thief receive? Do you know there’s malicious software for extracting sensitive personal information from smartphones?
  • System 
    There can be unintеntional weaknesses in the system hardware itself, that were not discovered during the manufacturing of the device. Over time they get revealed, usually when miscreants find a way around the security of the system. In most cases, system updates fix security issues. However, even when your system is upgraded and secure, you can still be exposed to mobile device security threats. Moreover, law enforcement can still access your device in particular cases, the Washington Post says.
  • Apps
    Statistic data suggests that on average users engage in about 4–6 apps daily. Do you always check the permissions you grant your apps? Do you install apps only from the official stores? Even if your answers to those two questions are positive, the applications on your device are not necessarily safe. The majority of official popular apps have been hacked at some point. Some applications don’t undergo mobile app security testing at all because their developers aren’t scrupulous about user safety.
  • Network
    Every time you connect to a network, you share your data with the provider. And in some cases you may be sharing way too much more than you would like to and not know about it. Wireless networks can serve for extracting personal information and hijacking mobile devices as well. Here is just an example of latest cyber security threats that occurred in the UK recently.

So, are things so bad that we should throw away all our cell phones and start living in WiFiless cages like ancient people did? Luckily, when used wisely, mobile technologies can provide you with benefits and keep you safe at the same time. We’ll share useful tips with you.

Learn how you can secure your mobile device in the full article.