Mobile Security—How Secure Are Your Mobile Devices, Actually?

By George Paliy

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Whether it’s searching embarrassing symptoms or letting curiosity win and checking out the latest photo leak, we all get up to some questionable things online from time to time—things we wouldn’t want our boss or maybe even friends to know. We aren’t ones to judge, but if you think that in this day-in-age you’re just as safe (or safer) doing all that on your smartphone as your PC, you might want to reconsider.

For example, a recent study examining 10,000 mobile devices in the UK and the US, showed that 40 of the 50 top porn sites were susceptible to software that may harm your phone badly. Another security report issued by Nokia in March 2017, revealed a new all-time high in mobile device infection rates—a stunning 400 percent increase over last year!

Spyware that exposes your text messages, contact lists, GPS coordinates and other data that you’d rather kept to yourself, hits both Android and iOS-run devices. Yet another sort of malicious software threatening your mobile security is the one that may brick your phone dead until you pay the ransom—just like the nefarious WannaCry which compromised a boatload of PCs earlier this year. This kind of threat is getting more intense because you no longer have to be a skilled cyber-criminal to create malware—yep, they have an app for that, too!

Don’t be naïve though—mobile malware isn’t some sudden retaliation for watching porn or clicking ridiculous content advertisements. Most of the time you are installing it yourself along with your apps (or even in fake system updates, like this one)!

What Google Says About Mobile Security Risk

According to Android Security Chief, less than 0.001 percent of Android apps ’cause harm and evade runtime defenses’. So, does this mean Android is practically invincible? Not quite. First of all, these numbers are based on Google’s (the Android’s creator, ICYDK) data solely. Google can only obtain such information from the “Verify App” feature. If you don’t use it, you’re not included in these statistics—so that percentage is woefully misleading Plus, we also must consider that Google doesn’t provide information on how many apps in the store appeared to be infected to the independent researchers. We just have to take the company’s word for it.

They Can’t Bite Into your Apple. Or Can They?

OK, so Android safety is doubtful, but what about iOS? We’ve all heard that all things Mac are virus-proof, but is your iPhone under lock and key? Apple fans’ first argument would be that iOS, unlike Android, is a closed system. One may assume quite another reason, though. What makes the iOS devices safer than the ones that run Android is quite obvious: a market share. Out of the total amount of mobile devices, 85% are Android-powered and only 14,7% run iOS. Which means, 85% of hackers’ efforts are precisely focused on Android, whereas iOS luckily picks up the scraps. iPhones are not without chinks in the armor, however. Here’s a 25-page long list Go to the full article.

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