Chances are you have a smartphone, but have you truly considered how secure your mobile device is? Just like us, they’re not immune to threats. Cybercriminals are stepping up their game, attacking our phones more and more through harmful apps, posing a serious threat to mobile device security. And what’s worse? They can steal your sensitive information without you even realizing it.
Mobile Device Security Statistics
- Insecure mobile devices caused data breaches in 63% of organizations. (Source: Lookout)
- Mobile devices encounter malware at a rate of 0.94% per month. (Source: Microsoft)
- In 2020, a mobile phishing attack occurred every 20 seconds. (Source: Wandera)
- Apps account for 80% of mobile usage, increasing breach potential. (Source: Flurry Analytics)
- Over 40% of organizations prioritize performance over mobile security. (Source: Verizon)
- According to recent statistics, about 70% of mobile devices that use Wi-Fi transmit their traffic through unsecured networks. (Source: Webroot)
- Only 50% of companies have allocated a budget for mobile security. (Source: Vodafone)
- 10% of companies admit to transmitting unsecured data via their business apps. (Source: SAP)
Even if you have an anti-virus app on your phone, protecting it is more complex than that. Think of it like riding a bike. Wearing a helmet while biking provides additional safety. However, it is important to remain attentive to the road and follow traffic laws.
Improving your mobile security practices is the best way to protect against privacy and security issues that may arise from your mobile device.
Mobile Device Security Best Practices
What steps can I take to enhance my mobile security?
Keep your phone’s system updated.
Operating systems are regularly updated to address security flaws, which, when left unpatched due to outdated software, can lead to various malicious threats such as malware and viruses.
Updating Your phones system is as simple as entering the settings on your phone.
Be picky with your mobile apps.
It’s common for official app stores to remove any applications that contain malware. However, there are times when these dangerous apps slip past the store’s security and can be downloaded by unsuspecting users.
To avoid this, it’s essential to research, read reviews, and pay attention to the number of downloads it has. Always stick to downloading applications from official app stores and avoid any other sources.
Check app permissions.
Before downloading an application, carefully review the list of permissions requested, including access to files, folders, other apps, and data, and refrain from approving permission requests that seem unnecessary. Consider looking for alternative applications if necessary.
Use a strong password.
Many people still need to secure their phones with passwords, which is surprising. If your phone is lost or stolen, thieves can easily access business and personal information due to this simple oversight. Ensuring that you protect your mobile device with a strong password (or passcode) is a crucial security measure.
Be careful with public Wi-Fi Networks.
Cybercriminals can use technology to spy on your online activity. For your safety, avoid logging into online services or performing banking transactions over public Wi-Fi.
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