What is Mobile Malware?

Most people know about viruses that can attack their computers, however, most do not know anything about viruses that can attack their mobile devices. You might be surprised to know that there is a malicious software that has been created to attack your mobile devices; the aptly-named Mobile Malware. With the rise of smartphones and tablets, cybercriminals have also found a new way to thrive. Some of them are after your money or information, while most of them simply do it to cause harm. This article will discuss mobile malware and everything you need to know.

So what is mobile malware?

This malicious software specifically attacks the operating system in mobile devices. These malware types benefit from certain mobile devices’ software technology and operating systems. They represent a fair portion of malware attacks in the modern technology world. With the growth of mobile technology, it has become even more common. Knowing this, cyber-criminals have developed different threats that work on various devices (McAfee has recorded more than 1200 different types of mobile malware).

How do you expose your device to mobile malware?

The most common way is by downloading files and applications from the internet. These access your personal information and make it accessible to a cyber criminal. The malicious app may also dial premium-rate numbers from your device and leave you with costly bills on your mobile. Other applications will completely ruin your mobile device to a point you cannot use it again.

Another way your device can be exposed is through text messages or voicemails from numbers that look legitimate. They will call asking for your personal information.

Tips to help you stay safe from mobile malware

  1. Ensure that you only download your applications from an official or trusted website. In addition, you should check other customers’ reviews and feedbacks before downloading. Avoid the apps that have negative reviews, as they may be malicious. You should also make sure that you are surfing and downloading files using a secure wireless network. Establish whether or not you understand the privacy policies of the app.
  2. Ensure that you will not share your personal information when you download the application.
  3. Go through your mobile statements to ensure there are no suspicious charges. If there are such charges, contact your mobile provider and enquire about them.
  4. Avoid responding to anonymous text messages or voicemails with your personal information. If they claim, they are your bank or any service providers, call them with their legitimate line, and verify if it is true.
  5. Always visit legitimate sites while browsing on the internet. Also, avoid clicking on links from people you do not know.
  6. Lastly, use security products such as McAfee mobile security that will protect your phone from malware and other related viruses. Apart from protection, such products give you the ability to track your device in the event that you lose it. They also enable you to erase data from your phone if you think it is exposed to cyber criminals.

So there you have it. While the risks are out there, so are the solutions. Hopefully, this intro to mobile malware will help you to keep your mobile device safe.

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Posted on April 24, 2017