The modern world is digitally connected to extents we never thought were possible. Nearly everyone today owns a smartphone, and it’s through these little handheld computers that we control and manage our financial accounts, our social media profiles, and personal data such as photos and videos of ourselves and our loved ones.
Because smartphones contain such crucial personal information, it’s become imperative to protect them from malware and cybercriminals. Just think about how much of your private information can be accessed through your social media accounts, email and the other apps you have on your smartphone, and imagine the damage there will be if all this information got into the wrong hands.
According to a study conducted at the University of Maryland, hackers are attacking computers and networks at near-constant rates. Every 39 seconds, there is a digital breach, somewhere around the globe.
This is where smartphone security apps and software step in. Over the course of this blog, we’ll go over why your smartphones need smart security.
The Ever-present Threat of Hackers
You probably have antivirus and antimalware software installed on your PC to protect it from hackers and malware. Well, your smartphone is essentially a mini-computer and is just as vulnerable to hackers as your regular PC. Hackers can gain access to your smartphone by infecting it with malware.
Malware has the ability to steal sensitive data from your smartphone and in some cases; hackers can even hold data as hostage. According to a research study conducted by Symantec, worldwide ransomware attacks increased by 36% in 2017, and more than a 100 new malware families were introduced by hackers.
How Smartphones Get Infected By Malware
There are various ways through which your smartphone can get infected with malware. You should be especially careful when using third party app stores. These are generally a free-for-all, which makes them attractive for smartphone users. Third party app stores can contain dodgy and questionable apps which might contain malware. It’s best to stick with legitimate app stores such as Apple’s app store and Google Play because the apps available on these stores are almost always safe.
Another way your smartphone can get infected by malware is through ‘drive-by downloads’. These are files that automatically get downloaded and installed on your computer without your consent. Drive-by downloads usually happen if you visit questionable websites or open dodgy emails. Other than malware, these files can be anything from spyware, adware to something even more sinister such as a bot, which can perform malicious tasks through your phone.
Phones Can Get Lost or Stolen
Phones are small objects and can easily get lost or stolen. With Highster Mobile, you can track a lost phone and you can also recover all the important data from a smartphone such as your photos, videos, documents and even your text conversations.
Whether you have an iPhone or an Android smartphone, the Highster Mobile phone tracker app can recover all important personal data from your device! Our customer support team is highly qualified and always ready to answer your questions and queries. Don’t hesitate to call us at (866) 611 9506.