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Top 5 Mobile Device Security Threats And Ways To Prevent Them

April 19, 2018 | By admin 
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Mobile devices (smartphones) have become an integral part of our daily lives. The same is true for corporates as smartphones are ubiquitous in the corporate world nowadays.

With the ever-increasing use of smartphones, mobile device security threats are multiplying every day, but many organizations are unaware of the risks associated with the use of mobile devices.

Top 5 Mobile Device Security Threats:

  • Phishing Attacks
  • Malware Infection
  • Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
  • Untested Mobile Applications
  • Outdated Operating System

#1 Phishing Attacks

Phishing is a type of social engineering attack used by hackers to steal vital user information like user login credentials and credit card numbers. Since phishing attacks use deceptive software that masquerades as a legitimate one, it becomes difficult for the users to ascertain them.

#2 Malware Infection

Malware can steal data and eat up a lot of computing resources from mobile devices. They can trick users into taking actions that further compromise their mobile device. Hackers use malware for hijacking browser sessions of users, spy on user activities, promote bogus/misleading adware.

#3 Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

APT is a coordinated network attack by hackers to gain access to an organization’s network and its data. It is considered to be one of the dangerous threats as APTs can stay undetected for a long period of time and steal data.

#4 Untested Mobile Applications

Untested Mobile Applications poses a serious security threat to the mobile devices as they don’t have clear app sources and are vulnerable to exploits. The primary reason for this is that some users tend to install apps (untested ones) from third-party sources instead of downloading it from regulated app stores.

#5 Outdated Operating System

OS updates are a must to patch the vulnerabilities, but most of the users today do not keep their mobile OS up-to-date. They tend to ignore or block OS updates sent by the OS vendors. It compromises their mobile device security and leaves their devices vulnerable to malware and other security threats.

So far we have learned about the top 5 security threats associated with mobile devices, let us discuss the best practices to prevent those threats:

Avoid connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks: Users should avoid public Wi-Fi hotspots as they are not secure, and can expose the device to many risks.

Download apps from trusted sources: Users should refrain from downloading apps from third-party sources as they are unreliable. Users should install apps only from trusted sources like Google Play Store, and iOS App store.

Be wary of unsolicited calls or messages: Users should refrain from attending calls or opening emails from unknown senders. Users should scan or verify any calls, or emails from such senders before opening.

To mitigate mobile device attacks from penetrating the corporate environment, we recommend using Comodo Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution which gives IT admins the fundamental visibility and IT controls needed to secure, manage, and monitor all the employe­e-owned mobile devices that access critical business data from one single dashboard.

Benefits of Using Comodo Mobile Device Management (MDM)

  • Manage all mobile devices from one centralized dashboard

  • Ensures data security on the mobile devices

  • Implement security policies, encryption, and predefined actions from one centralized dashboard.

If you need any help in managing all the devices that your employees bring to work, contact us today.

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