Keeping Up With the Latest Threats to Mobile Security

Do you find it bewildering keeping up with endless threats to mobile security? You’re not alone.  Results from an AARP Iowa survey reveal a shocking number of adults aren’t doing enough to protect themselves from digital fraud. Perhaps worst of all, many believe hacking and other data breaches are a foregone conclusion.

“Two-thirds of those surveyed said that given the number of data breaches that have occurred, they think it is inevitable that criminals will be able to exploit their credit at some point,” said Brad Anderson, director of AARP Iowa.

The uncontrolled nature of attacks coupled with the 24/7 news cycle make it overwhelming to keep up with the cybersecurity information bombarding us. The widespread release of new attacks, data breaches, systems failures, and malware use have led many to a feeling of security fatigue

Whether or not you feel burned out, you shouldn’t ignore what’s happening in the world of cybersecurity right now. We checked in with a few experts to discuss the latest threats and how to stay safe—without being overwhelmed.

While the volume of mobile bot traffic isn’t anywhere near the volume of traditional desktop bots, new research from ThreatMetrix suggests we should keep an eye out for mobile bot attacks this year.

“We have seen a growth in mobile attack volume, and it is definitely one to watch over the next year. If we look at mobile banking or payments, this is where the transaction patterns are going, and attackers are heading in the same direction,” said Rebekah Moody, director, fraud and identity, LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

Vancouver-based entrepreneur and digital security innovator Thierry LeVasseur agrees that mobile payment services are particularly vulnerable. “Hackers will try to bypass security measures and steal credit card information from mobile payment apps,” says LeVasseur.

Thierry LeVasseur, who has secured several different patents in the areas of email security and data protection, says it’s essential to keep your apps and software updated.  He also suggests turning off Wi-Fi until you need it and using lock codes and vaults.

Robert Siciliano, owner of IDTheftSecurity.com, provides educational courses and informational content on preventing identity theft and cybercrime.  “Because malicious apps are still one of the top threats,” says Siciliano, “make sure that you are only installing apps that you get directly from a reputable app store. Downloading third-party apps could end up infecting your device or sharing your information.”

In addition, be sure you apply app updates and system updates as soon as possible, as they often include security fixes and patches.

You can find more ideas on keeping your mobile device safe here.

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