Common Security Threats to Mobile Devices in 2022

Mobile devices have become an integral part of our everyday life. However, the increased dependency on smartphones has given rise to greater security threats. Businesses around the world have lost millions of dollars due to data breaches through networks, computers, and mobile devices. Hence, web and mobile app security assurance are necessary to protect confidential data from hacking attempts.

But before you can plan an effective security strategy for mobile devices for an organisation or personal use, it’s important to understand what causes a data breach in a mobile device. Here are some common security threats to mobile devices in 2022:

Banking Trojans

Mobile devices have numerous attack vectors that put them at a constant threat of malware. One form of such malware is a banking Trojan. Banking Trojans target mobile banking applications associated with financial institutions. Hackers gain access to confidential information of bank accounts and payment card data by gaining access to mobile banking apps people use on their smartphones. Banking Trojans are spread through SMS, phone calls, or malicious apps.

Mobile Remote Access Trojans (MRATs)

Mobile RATs allow an attacker to remotely control a device the way most remote access software work. You unintentionally install a RAT through a website or email attachment. The attacker explores your device for information and installs other malicious programs such as keyloggers to gain personal information like user accounts and passwords of social media accounts, credit card data, etc.

Legitimate Mobile Apps

It’s true! Many legitimate apps, including popular social media apps, pose a greater security risk to organisations. Although many popular apps have updated their security procedures, the security risks are still there.

Most users casually give data access permissions to these apps without realizing that by giving permission, they are giving voluntary access to personal and organisational data. Hackers can mine this data from remote servers of these apps and use it for malicious activities.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOP) Policy

COVID-19 has changed the way many organisations worked previously. With the new policy of bringing your own device to work, there is a higher security risk of a data breach. The biggest shortcoming of this policy is that it’s not possible to put restrictions on the personal devices of employees, and corporate security solutions may seem to invade an employee’s privacy.

Innovative Mobile Application Penetration Testing Address Security Concerns

Penetration tests are designed to check mobile devices, associated networks, and web services to assess the health of an organisation’s overall security mechanism related to the use of mobile devices. Mobile application security assessment techniques can help eliminate cyberattack attempts and security threats related to the misuse of mobile devices.

Organisations and businesses across Australia are reaping the benefits of web and mobile app security assurance by LEAN SECURITY. Their end-to-end mobile application penetration testing services use artificial intelligence and machine learning to discover vulnerabilities in mobile applications and associated network infrastructure.

Contact them to find out more about their services.

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