Mobile Security Threats are Increasing


Mobile Security Threats are Increasing

Mobile Security Threats

With the increased use of mobile phones, the security concerns associated with Android and iOS are increasing very rapidly. There are diversified usabilities of mobile phones and handheld devices as this market is expected to grow 270% by 2020. ComputingCage highlights some of the mobile security threats are increasing that associated with mobiles, tablets and Internet devices.

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Threat List

  1. Data Leakage

The increased and unintentional use of mobile apps and given great risks for data leakage. For example, “riskware” app poses a real problem for mobile users, that gives users sweeping permissions, that does not necessarily check security always.

2. Uncensored Wi-Fi

Whenever you are passing through congested streets, your wifi scanner will scan tens of Wi-Fi signals that catch by default. Moreover, freely available Wi-Fi hotspots are not necessarily secured. According to V3, in fact, three British politicians who agreed to be part of a free wireless security experiment were easily hacked by technology experts and had their social media, PayPal and even VoIP conversations compromised.

3. Network Spoofing

IP Spoofing was fashioned in old days and now network spoofing is another security risk paradigm in order that hackers can setup fake access points mostly in public places of Coffee Houses and Bus Stops. So be cautious in these public access points and in addition to using caution when connecting to any free Wi-Fi, never provide personal information, and if you are asked to create a login, always create a unique password, just in case.

4. Phishing Attacks

As mobile devices are always powered-on they represent the front lines of any phishing attack. In that case, mobile users are more vulnerable, since they are often the first to receive legitimate-seeming emails and take the bait.

5. Spyware

According to eWeek, while many mobile users worry about malware sending data streams back to foreign powers or international cybercriminals, there’s a key threat closer to home Spyware.

6. Broken Cryptography

According to Infosec Institute training materials, broken cryptography can happen when app developers use weak encryption algorithms or strong encryption without proper implementation.

7. Improper Session Handling

To facilitate ease-of-access for mobile device transactions, many apps make use of “tokens,” which allow users to perform multiple actions without being forced to re-authenticate their identity. Similar to passwords, they’re generated by apps as a way to identify devices.

Inam Ul Haq is currently working as Creative Director & Publisher in the ComputingCage. He normally supervises posts, floats ideas and helps team members. Moreover he is member with IEEE, ACM and Internet Society.


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