Published On: Fri, May 17th, 2013

What You Need to Know About Mobile Seurity Software

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about the mobile devices you use everyday to stay in touch with loved ones or fend off birds with a sour disposition is convenience. However, security should really be your first priority. As technology improves, the threats become even more substantial every time your devices are in use. Your best defense is to learn as much as you can about NQ.com security software for mobile security. Let’s get started by sorting through your options and determining what you really need to stay safe.

Attackers Go Where the Technology Is

Did you know that smartphones are the most common target of malicious software (malware)? Individuals seeking to launch attacks go where the technology is, which means smartphones as opposed to desktop computers and laptops. Some of the most common sources of malware include:

• Adware – These are the popup ads you find on some websites or when you click over text. While the purpose of adware is to deliver advertising content, adware is often combined with spyware that can get into your mobile device’s system and steal your personal information, including your email contacts and any stored phone numbers.

• Bots – These are software applications that perform specific tasks. They can be useful when you use your mobile device for gaming, but bots can also include malicious software disguised as an appealing download.

• Bug – An exterminator can’t help with these high-tech “bugs,” which refers to flaws in the code used to run your mobile device’s Internet-connected functions. Security bugs may allow a hacker to bypass the requirement for a password to gain access to your mobile information.

• Ransomware – This is a type of malicious software that gets into your mobile device and prevents you from accessing certain features. The hacker then sends you a message demanding that you pay a fee in exchange for regaining control of your device.

• Trojan horse – This is a type of malicious software that appears like a normal file and tricks you into downloading it.

• Spyware – Spyware is any type of software that gets onto your device and tracks your movements without your knowledge. The purpose is to get passwords, usernames, and other data that can access your personal and financial information.

• Rootkit – This is possibly the sneakiest of the bad things that can get onto your mobile phone. This type of malware gets into your device undetected and reconfigures system components, especially your existing security software designed to detect such things, and steals information.

Watch Out for Apps

In 2012, fake apps for Angry Birds and Assassin’s Creed hit Google Play. As a result, many Android users downloaded these apps and their mobile devices became infected with malicious software at $22 a pop. The most common way that malware gets to phones and tablets is through the downloading of apps.

Many users often disregard warnings on their device when downloading an app since it is something they actually want to download. This makes it more important than ever to be careful of apps. Even though it is tempting to look for cheaper apps, stick to trusted sites for downloading apps. Apple’s iTune’s App Store, for instance, tends to be fairly diligent about checking for threats.

Future Threats

At the 2013 RSA Security conference in San Francisco, those with a vested interest in mobile security discussed where future threats may lurk on your mobile devices. One theory is that once makers of mobile security software come up with extra security for downloading apps, the next step will be to shift to websites that can be viewed via mobile devices.

This makes perfect sense when you consider the fact that more businesses are displaying mobile versions of their websites or changing their sites so that they are more mobile-friendly. It’s already been discovered that software that searches for web hits made by iPhones, iPads and Android devices is already in use. The goal appears to be to look for sites that mobile users tend to access the most.

How to Protect Your Mobile Devices

Since apps are the most common source of mobile malware, let’s start there. When downloading an app, check to see who the known developer of that apps is. If it’s not from the developer, it’s probably a fake. Any Angry Birds apps not by Rovio, for example, are likely fake and should be reported to Google.

Check reviews of apps. If the app is fairly new, this can be hit or miss. If it’s an established app though, look for a site that has several reviews – at least a hundred or so – and sort through the reviews. If most are positive, you likely have found a safe site to use to download that app. If it’s a new app you absolutely must have, download it from trusted review sites such as CNET or PC Mag.

When it comes to anti-malware software for your phones and tablets, you have plenty of choices. It’s best to stick with the recommended mobile security software from your device’s app store. The biggies include Norton Security Antivirus, Lookout Security & Antivirus, WebRoot Secureweb, and TrustGo Antivirus for Windows Phone. All-in-one security programs can also be purchased to provide blanket protection for all mobile devices you may own. For added protection, there are password protection apps you can install to reinforce the power of your passwords.

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  1. Vinoth says:

    One more tips you missed. Don’t install high number of apps and games 😀 Usually many people will do.

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