Trend Micro, a leading security software company, reported a 500% increase in mobile cyber attacks last year. With this growing problem, experts are finding that many mobile operating systems and security applications are not ready to defend against the growing attacks. PC's are no longer the only target for internet hackers. Because more people are conducting their business and banking on mobile phones and tablets, new devices such as smartphones and tablets are opening new avenues for hackers and malware. Even more reason for alarm, Garter reports that tablet shipments have grown by 69.8% as PCs and laptops Decline 7.3%. So, not only are tablets and smartphones more susceptible to attacks, but they are taking large shares in the market place. Android and apple IOS are vulnerable to cyber crime because their operating systems have many vulnerable holes in their development. As of current, Blackberry is strongest in defending against these attacks. However, Blackberry is currently one the least popular devices on the market despite their recent attempt at a come-back.
Many of the cyber attacks come from downloading applications for smartphones or tablets. Trend micro also reports that mobile banking transactions are up by 60% from last year. Because of this tremendous growth, users of smartphones and other mobile devices need to practice extra caution when conducting online banking.
Currently, protection is bleak. However, as the problem grows, the market will meet the demand for better protection and stronger operating systems. Because these platforms are still so new in comparison to PC's, hackers have not fully unleashed their potential on mobile attacks. Until better security programs and measures are made, here are some precautions that you can take to protect your device against future attacks.
- Turn off your Bluetooth function when it is not being used:
- Only accept downloads from trusted sources:
- Delete emails and text messages from unknown senders
Interview with Trend Micro VP of cybersecurity, Tom Kellerman: http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2205041885001/trend-micro-exec-future-of-pickpocketing-is-digital/?sf10166007=1