Top Smartphone Security Threats

The number of people using a mobile phone in the world is huge, and constantly on the raise. About 80% of all the mobile phones use the Android operating system. A few of the top security experts have sent out a warning, stating that there are serious security issues with Android, which would allow a hacker to access the data stored on cell phones by simply knowing the phone number.

The hacking code is able to penetrate the phone by making use of a plain text message. As you can imagine, this makes the situation even more dangerous, because the owner may not even know what is going on with his or her cell phone.

The entire process has been explained in great detail: a short video is created, malware is placed inside it, and than it is texted to a certain number. When the phone receives the video, its vulnerability is triggered. The good news is that a lot of risk is diminished if the owner uses the phone’s default messaging app; this way, the person can see the message before it chooses (or not) to open the attachment.

It is important to know that the issues may appear even when the media is not played. Once they are inside, the attackers will be able to copy data, delete it and even take over the microphone and camera, monitoring your words and moves.

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Although this security gap has been discovered a while ago, analysts say it is not yet used by hackers. Google, the company behind the Android operating system, has already begun work at a patch that will fix the problems.

Most smartphone users don’t enable passwords for their phones. But when there is no password set up or no PIN is used, the information on the phone can be easily deleted, lost or stolen.

Many mobile phone owners use simple passwords that can be easily broken, guessed, written down or stolen. The two factor authentication provides better security, so make sure to use it, especially when you are performing sensitive transactions using the phone. The two factor authentication means that the owner is asked to provide two different types of info.

Often times, wireless transmissions are not encrypted properly. This means that many emails sent from mobile devices are not encrypted. To make the things even worse, many apps do not encrypt the data they receive or send, and this way it can be easily intercepted.

Malware is present on a significant number of mobile devices. Many of the free apps that people download contain malware. It may be a game, a security patch or even a very useful, new app.

Sadly, Android phones aren’t shipped with preinstalled security software. Often times, people don’t like antiviruses for mobile devices because they think that these apps will slow down the phone. And truth be told, some of these antiviruses can be quite slow. Still, it’s wiser to sacrifice some of the speed for much greater security.