Cyber crimes have become very regular and common in everyday life because of diffusion of technology in almost every part of the world. With the invention smartphones and tablets, cybercrime has reached these devices too. These devices are more vulnerable to cyber crimes as their operating systems are not as well established and well protected as conventional PCs or laptops. These devices are aimed at making and facilitation our life easier. But it also gives cyber criminals room for reaching out to our personal information as most of the users communicate and exchange information over the Internet. With everyday, cybercriminals discover new ways to break into and harm systems of unsuspecting users.
Cell phones and smartphones are hand-held devices and allow the user to exchange data easily without having to go through the hassle of switching on a computer. Viruses can attack these devices by affecting the OS, apps, firmware and other functionality. However, you can avoid this from happening by being a little more vigilant and taking sufficient measures.
According to a survey, mobile malware had increased above 40% in 2011. Which clearly states an increase in cybercrimes. Therefore, protecting ourselves and our systems has become an inevitability and we must make necessary arrangements for preventing this from happening.
For banking sites that give user full access to their bank accounts, security is very crucial. Smartphones are vulnerable to viruses since they have access to the Internet. Because they are not as secure as a regular PC or laptop. Online security experts warn to watch out from Zeus-Murofet, Confickr and Koobface. It is also advised to secure social and email accounts, look out for phishing emails because criminals are always looking for easier way with bigger impacts.
Security is not a privilege or facility. It is everyone’s right. To avoid your smartphone or tablet from being attacked by a cyber criminal, you can take the following measures.
- Install a good antivirus program in your smartphone to protect your personal data
- Update your cell phone regularly
- Always enter a website after ensuring “https” because it denotes a secure connection
- Purchase devices from a well known brand as these devices come with IMEI number
- Keep your bluetooth switched off when not functional
- Don’t share sensitive information over the Internet and avoid clicking suspicious emails
- Download softwares from trusted sources
- Password protect your phone to prevent unauthorized access to the data
- Don’t connect to open WIFI hotspots
- Always make sure to logout of your financial, email and social networking accounts
- Always keep your data backed up in cases of emergency
And last but not the least, never let any stranger browse your smartphone. It could be a hacker and installing a spyware, takes only a few minutes. The worst part is, you won’t even notice.