Smartphones are like palm-sized computers, and they deserve the same
protection as desktops and laptops. While you don’t need to install
bulky security software to protect against cyberthreats, there are steps
you can take to keep cybercriminals at bay.

Mobile malware MO

Mobile
malware can be as harmful to a business’s network as infected desktops
and laptops. Potential problems include overcharges on phone bills,
stolen data, intercepting messages, tricking users with phishing
attacks, and sending fake notifications to one’s contact list.

Most
malware comes from applications downloaded from third-party app stores
and give hackers access to passwords, user account information, and
other sensitive personal data. Since many business users link their
Android devices to each other, malware could transfer from one device to
the next.

Who is responsible?

The burden
doesn’t fall solely on smartphone users. App stores such as Google Play
Store are responsible, too, such as in the case of the malware-ridden
banking and weather apps that were downloaded from the Google Play
Store. In these cases, the companies that were affected were urged to
provide updates regarding the malicious apps so they could be removed
from the store.

How to avoid being victimized by malware

The
Google Play Store isn’t 100% secure, but downloading from established
app stores — and not from little-known and less secure ones — reduces
the probability of downloading malicious apps. In cases when an infected
app makes its way to the store and starts getting lots of downloads,
Google will be quick to remove it from the store and make everyone aware
of it.

Despite app stores’ best efforts, it’s nearly impossible
to prevent mobile malware from getting through to the store. That’s why
it pays to read user reviews where infected users post detailed
warnings. Also, regularly updating your mobile device’s operating system
and security software helps prevent infection as the latest versions of
those are patched against the latest known threats in app stores and
elsewhere online.

Malware doesn’t discriminate, so regardless of
your computer or mobile device of choice, it will find a way to infect
you if your software isn’t up to date. To find out whether your business
devices are safe and fully protected, consult our cybersecurity experts
today.

To learn more about how to safeguard your business, or if
you are looking for an expert to help you find the best solutions for
your business talk to GCInfotech about a free technology assessment.

Published with consideration from TechAdvisory.org SOURCE