We all know how getting a virus on our computer can be a complete disaster, but have you ever thought about your smartphone? Can they get viruses just like our other devices? Mobile phones have quickly become a considerable risk for any business or individual. A smartphone may not be affected by a traditional virus, but there is a far greater chance of your device being compromised by other kinds of malware or threats. Viruses are just one type of malicious software. This is why it is always a good idea to protect your device because technology is always evolving. New malware appears every day, and it seems like hackers continuously get smarter and craftier. Mobile malware is one of the most common attack methods so let’s discuss the different ways a hacker can attack your mobile device.
1. Opening Suspicious Emails – Any device that downloads and executes is capable of catching a virus, even when you open an email on your smartphone. You can definitely get malware from opening an email on your phone if you accept the download. Phishing is one of the most common methods of cybercrime, but despite how much we think we know about scam emails, people still frequently fall victim.
2. Downloading Attachments From SMS – Downloading an attachment from a text message is just one of the ways that a hacker can try to download malware on your device. If you receive a text from an unknown number, always double-check before clicking on the link or downloading the attachment.
3. Connecting to Another Device – Viruses can move from device to device and even transfer to another network by using Wifi connections or by a device connecting to another. This means that the infected device can attack any device that it is connected to or even any device on the same WIFI network. This may lead to infecting and compromising them. When you are out, it is super easy to connect to wifi wherever you are. While free wifi can save us on data, it’s important to be aware of unsecured networks.
4. Downloading Apps – With the increase in mobile phone users, attempts to hack into them has also increased drastically. If you ever notice any apps on your phone that you don’t remember downloading, this probably means that the app is malicious. Another way to see if the app is malicious is to check the popularity of the app. If the application has thousands or millions of users, then it is probably legitimate. Double-check how many times the app has been downloaded from Google Play Store or the Apple Store.
5. Visiting Certain Websites – Websites are a very common source of malware. A user can simply visit a URL, and that’s all it takes for your mobile device to get the virus. This makes it essential that you pay attention to what websites you are visiting and never download anything from an unusual website. Also, if a website asks you to download something within seconds of entering the site, make sure you close the browser immediately as the website could start the downloading without your permission.
Mobile devices used to be near-invulnerable to hackers, but times have changed. Nowadays, without proper security, your mobile device represents an “in” to many hackers. Protecting yourself by knowing ways hackers can attack your device will make sure you are educated and lower the chances of your personal information being stolen. A smartphone can certainly get viruses just like other devices. The virus can also install spyware, steal or delete data, hijack your text messages, and other apps even lock your phone and hold it for ransom.
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