Top Ten Mobile Security Risks

As Android phones continue to grow in popularity, Android users must be aware of the 10 most likely mobile security risks. Hackers now realize that the majority of Americans who own a smartphone rely on it more than they do on their home computer. That means smartphone owners have to get smarter about how they manage their phone if they want to keep their private information private. Here are the 10 biggest risks for every Android user.

10. A lack of both control and visibility is the smallest risk Android users face. We now live in a world where employees of most companies expect to be able to use their own mobile devices at work rather than having to deal with a mobile device lent to them by their employer. At this time, Android devices are not set up to allow for third-party management, making this a daunting task for most IT departments.

9. Anti-Malware can easily be faked and this can cause serious problems. This means that people need to be extremely careful about which security apps they download to their phones. Fake anti-malware apps and programs are being created constantly.

8. Malware directed specifically to Android devices spiked 400% over the last few years. The good news is that Androids have application sandboxing in place to prevent fake applications from destroying Android devices.

7. Repackaged apps are causing problems and can often put a Trojan virus on Android devices. To avoid this, Android users should only download apps from the Google Android Market.

6. Nosy applications are ones that, when being installed, require permission from the user for the installation to be completed. Many of these applications can track the user’s exact location so these applications should be used with caution, if at all.

5. Mobile browser surfing can be a very unsafe thing to do. Hackers can even access a user’s SD card on their phone. Since personal information could be stored here, surfing the Internet on an Android device can be very dangerous and should be avoided.

4. Text messages received from an unknown source often contain links to viruses. If an unsuspecting Android user clicks on one of these links, their phone’s security will be compromised. Often this can result in a virus being placed on the phone that causes it to send texts to numbers that charge a premium rate.

3. No encryption of hardware data means that Android users are running the risk of having their personal data leaked. To prevent this, the user can restore their mobile device to its original settings at any time.

2. A weak password is one of the worst things any Android user can have on their mobile device. In the event someone’s phone is stolen it may be quite easy for the thief to access the owner’s personal information.

1. Content lost from a mobile device is the biggest security risk possible right now. With an Android phone there is no way to recover that information.


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