Yes, smartphone malware is a thing- and it’s on the rise.
Every time that a report of a computer virus or some other vulnerability is announced millions of people rush to their computer to make sure that their anti-virus and anti-malware applications are up to date. But what about your smartphone?
There are over 40,000 pieces of malware that could affect your smartphone, a fact that makes sense as it’s essentially a mini computer in your pocket. Before panic sets in, take a deep breath and look at the following information.
Should Android users worry?
The problem: With over 80 percent in total market share, Android has the lead on smartphones. This is partly due to the price and range of devices that offer the Android operating system. The bad part is that it makes it more susceptible to malware. While it is also true that Google does have control over the apps that are found in the Google Play store, when applications are compromised they can even give out personal data, such as credit card numbers if used. Google has made claims that malware experts have ensured the security of the store by challenging it.
What to do: If you’re looking into Android devices, you should think about installing an anti-malware application on your phone or tablet. (Just watch out for fake AV apps.)
How rotten is your Apple?
The Problem: If your iPhone has not been jail broken then you should be safe as restrictions by Apple are put in place that keeps their devices safe. However, these restrictions put into place by Apple have caused a headache for iPhone users that want to enable apps that Apple doesn’t allow.
What to do: Of course, Apple is not perfect and experts have discovered a few flaws but these small flaws are an exception and these flaws were easy to repair which is why it is so important to install all updates when Apple suggests them.
What about other Platforms?
Windows: Microsoft only holds 2.3 percent of the smartphone market which means that they haven’t gained enough recognition or popularity to worry about being a threat. They have also followed Apple in making sure that apps are tightly controlled. Therefore, creating malware for Windows phones is not something criminals are currently interested in.
Blackberry: Blackberry was once very popular, but now Android and Apple have taken it over. Which is actually a good thing for Blackberry as it makes it safer to use. Because of it declining in popularity and in the marketplace, it goes mostly unaffected by malware. Blackberry users should use caution, however, when opening email like they would on a computer.
If you own and use a smartphone, you should keep your phone up to date and remember that attacks are always a threat. Add malware protection and be sure to keep any and all installations (from apps to OS) up to date.
Are you concerned?