Mobile Security Threats And How To Prevent Them

The coronavirus pandemic caused an increase in adopting remote work environments among businesses, making mobile devices more critical for employees who want to collaborate with others and connect with clients. Many mobile applications have grown in popularity due to increased dependence on smartphones.

However, there are also risks that involve mobile devices. It raises a significant concern as mobile devices have become critical to business operations. To ensure safety, mobile security measures must be addressed as a top priority to avoid potential threats and risks.

Mobile security protects mobile computing devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops against threats and vulnerabilities. As mobile devices become more present in our daily lives, more people use different methods to protect their mobile devices.

Smartphones’ higher business data may attract hackers and other bad actors. They may use mobile spyware to hack the device and any back-end systems that it connects to. Enterprises must provide information to their workers about the acceptable usage rules and ensure that these rules are being enforced. 

Hackers use such malicious spyware either as surveillance on a person or to gain profit from stolen data. Besides spyware, fraudsters also use mobile account takeover methods to gain access to a user’s personal information such as their mobile account and phone number through brute force, manipulation, stuffing, phishing, or vulnerable password credentials.

Mobile phones are vital for accessing the system and performing their daily tasks. However, they are being targeted by criminals more frequently to exploit their vulnerabilities. Security threats that can disrupt company operations include network spoofing, out of date mobile systems, and phishing attacks..

There are new ways to lower the risks and dangers of mobile phone use. FIDO2, or Fast Identity Online protocol is one way to ensure real-time fraud prevention as it aims to eliminate password misuse and security vulnerabilities online. It serves as a guideline for creating passwordless authentication solutions, making it more challenging to steal user accounts. This standard eliminates the need to provide usernames and passwords for mobile identity verification.

For more information about the different mobile security threats and how to prevent them, here is an infographic from Login ID.