have become a part of everyday life, and their functionality continues to
develop at a rapid pace. You can switch from monitoring work emails to playing
the latest games, to live streaming sports events simultaneously.
high-speed internet and enhanced connectivity indicate that we’re also
connected more than ever before and continuously online, whether actively using
our phones or not. Many apps are running silently in the background without
your knowledge, not with malicious intent, but ensuring the best performance.
Our private and personal data stored on mobile devices and the cloud is now more vulnerable than ever to cybersecurity threats, there are solutions available for you as a consumer, and as a business. Especially for businesses, all of these concerns should be addressed.
Common Mobile Security Threats
These are the
most common types of attacks:
hotspots are found nearly everywhere, from coffee shops to clothing stores, and
they’re a gift for those who worry about burning through their cellular data.
a point of concern as they’re unsecured and easy to hack. Attackers can easily
access your personal information if you’re connected, putting your social media
profiles, bank details and more are at risk.
Intentional Leaked Data
Mobile apps are
often a cause of data leaking. But what does it mean?
When you install
an app on your phone, such as a flashlight app, it will ask for specific
permissions to function. But be careful, especially with free apps.
Why should a
flashlight application need access to your address book and location? Be extra
careful when granting permissions that give apps access to your data. It can be
sent to a remote server to be mined and then sold for profit.
According to a
report by security firm FireEye,
over 91 percent of cybercrime begins with an email. You are three times more
likely to open a malicious email on mobile than desktop, possibly due to the
way the sender’s information is displayed on smaller screens.
The lines between work and personal phones continue to blur, and many of us have multiple email accounts and inboxes on our device. Due to the information overload, it’s not surprising that by impersonating co-workers or interested clients, cybercriminals can entice unsuspecting users to click on malicious links or download malware.
Out Of Date Software
If your device
software is out of date, you may be missing a critical security fix against
devices are more at risk to this issue as each manufacturer has a different
patching system in place – if they have one at all. And the problems will only
increase as the usage of mobile phones increases, and more models hit the
If you’re an
iPhone user, then you’re in luck as your device is more secure thanks to
Apple’s secure operating system.
Preventing Cyber Threats With A VPN
Now you’re familiar with some of the most common mobile cybersecurity threats, here’s how best to protect yourself, with a VPN – Virtual Private Network.
A VPN hides your
identity and secures your data to prevent cybercriminals from accessing your
tool does this by concealing your IP address via a proxy, and keeping you and
your data protected.
use VPNs to control access to their networks and data centers, by granting
access to specific VPN accounts only, enhancing their security and reducing
go the extra mile and employ the Zero-Trust
VPN Alternative which restricts access to a ‘Need to know basis’, which
limits users access to specific applications and hides the rest of the network
But also for the typical mobile user, using a VPN will significantly increase your defense against malicious attacks.
More Tips To Protect Yourself
Here are some
extra tips for securing your mobile phone.
Don’t Jailbreak Your Phone
‘Rooting’ your phone may sound appealing as it allows you to download paid apps
for free. But this leaves you wide open to attacks and removes any protection
from Apple and Google.
Review Your App
By navigating to
your permission settings, you can check which permissions you previously gave
to apps. Double check you’re happy with your app permissions and remove
anything you’re not sure about.
download apps from the official app store.
Ask Your IT Admin or Security Officer
This may seem
like a no brainer, but your business may employ a Computer Administrator or a
Security officer. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact them for
help or guidance.
If you receive a possible phishing email, it’s critical you inform them as soon as possible to limit any risk to the business.