A latest mobile phone security analysis, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University and McAfee, revealed that most companies are not equipped for malware, viruses, and other assails that may be caused by Mobile Smartphone devices.
According to CNN, nearly 95-percentage of the companies have adopted various forms of phone security strategies, but out of around 1,500 enterprises reviewed recently, most employees really don’t distinguish how to fine-tune access settings or permissions to prevent mobile device security concerns like malware, viruses, and other threats. Of course there are many useful anti-virus softwares that are available for our Mobile Devices, but still do you really think only these anti-virus or internet security softwares are enough to keep to in safe zone?
The answer will be always no! as the mobile application developers should always make sure they follow all sorts of security measures in order to keep us away from all sorts of threats. It is their prime duty to meet all these protocols and the official application stores like iStore, Google PlayStore, etc., have to be serious about these protocols and should encourage developers to meet all these requirements. I hope this article on Mobile Security risks will help you to gain some valuable information.
The study incorporated a review of net-book, laptop, tablet, and cell phone use. Most importantly, nearly 63% of employees make use of their mobile phones for business as well as personal use, and also most mobile devices including Blackberries were accepted and organized by IT company employees. So, the security issues with your mobile devices are to be taken seriously so as to avoid any kind of problems in near future.
Here are some of the key security concerns that are related to mobile devices.
- Exposure of important Information – Very small amounts of wireless LAN signals have the ability to travel considerable distance, and there is a possibility that someone could peek into these signals with the help of a wireless sniffer. If adequate security requirements are not met, then the wireless intruder can easily expose all critical information present in the WLAN signals.
- Mobile Viruses – Normally, mobile viruses are treated as major security threat to all types of mobile devices, especially with devices, which have large computational competencies. In general, mobile devices are vulnerable to viruses in many different ways: Viruses can easily make use of security holes present in applications or also in the primary operating system to cause damage; apps downloaded to a device could be virus-prone; in some cases, malformed operating systems or SMS messages can also collapse the device.
- Stolen or Lost Devices – If a mobile device is lost or stolen by someone, then even with the implementation of sufficient security measures like VPNs, the whole business intranet could be endangered if that mobile device isn’t sheltered by a strong password, and other consumer-level security procedures.
- E-Mail Viruses – Generally, E-mail viruses manipulate PDAs in a similar way to that of E-mail viruses. They can result in PDA email program to deliver multiple emails, which are very dangerous for businesses as they can affect the normal functioning of the company.
- Spam – Spam roots interference and also increases expenditures when it is targeted in the direction of wireless devices.
So, it’s pretty evident that security issued with your mobile devices must be addressed seriously to avoid misery in near future. The mobile threats and malware attacks are increasing at a really fast rate, so you must be ready to encounter such adverse conditions.