There has been a steady increase in mobile security threats over the past few years. You should do everything you can to protect yourself from malicious apps.
There are a few easy ways to stay secure, but let’s first take a look at the most common and dangerous mobile malware you should be aware of.
This worm-like malware uses the device’s contact list to send out new infectious messages to further propagate itself. When a targeted app is used, a screen overlay is used to steal usernames, passwords, and other personal information.
Similar to the FluBot, this spreads by using SMS messages sent through a device’s contact list. However, the TeaBot also uses key logging and can intercept Google Authenticator codes, making it highly dangerous when it comes to compromising accounts. It can also stream the infected device’s screen to the attacker.
While also spreading through SMS, the TangleBot primarily spreads through landing pages and phony software update notifications. It uses all the info stealing techniques mentioned above, but can also intercept audio and camera functions.
As of writing, the TangleBot isn’t as widespread as the others, but experts say it might become a bigger issue soon.
An SMS-based malware created in China, Maqhao is a multilingual threat that crafts fake landing pages in the target’s native language. It’s a trojan, so it allows for communication spying and can grant remote access to the attacker.
This one is a combination of malware and spoofing. TianySpy sends fake messages claiming to be from the victim’s mobile network operator. This one works a little differently, depending on your device, but both are vulnerable to overlays that steal information and hijacked control and monitoring of Wi-Fi settings.
While many mobile malware attacks are focused on the Asian and European markets, this doesn’t mean North American is in some sort of protective bubble. Being vigilant and knowing about the threats will always be important.
Tips For Protecting Yourself From Malicious Apps
Attackers are getting more sophisticated and you might be surprised by the ways they can get malicious content onto your phone.
Don’t download apps from a third-party website, this is usually a bad idea. Whether it’s a game, movie, app, or music, malicious software can be hiding in all of them.
You would be forgiven for thinking that sticking to the Google Play or Apple Store makes you safe from mobile malware. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Make sure to check reviews before downloading anything, even if it’s from the most trusted of sources.
When it comes to your mobile device, many people are more lax when it comes to security. You have a trusted anti-virus software on your computer, why not have one on your phone too?
Make sure to use the same non-link clicking diligence you use with emails as you do with your text messages too. Always be suspicious of unexpected or unrequested messages with links, URLs, or requests from any sort of data.
So many mobile devices seamlessly connect to your business’ network. Making sure every part of your cybersecurity is up to snuff is crucial. This includes protecting yourself from malicious apps.
That’s where QuickProtect can help. We’ve simplified cyberprotection so you have peace of mind and can concentrate on moving forward, not constantly putting out fires.