Cyberattacks you can experience on your mobile

Mobile security is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of people adopting the bring your own device approach where they use their personal devices to work. And, with the current work-from-home requirements brought about by the global spread of the coronavirus, millions more have been forced to use this measure for the foreseeable future.

But this rapid increase in the use of mobile devices, combined with their low level of security, makes them one of the most common targets for cybercriminals trying to breach corporate data security.

The protection of mobile devices must therefore now be mandatory. So, what cyber threats are we talking about? Below, we share the top five threats to mobile security, with tips for maximizing your protection.

Phishing: Phishing remains one of the threats with the highest success rate. It is therefore not surprising that cybercriminals tend to exploit the many messaging apps available on mobile devices to direct the user to a fake website. Typically, phishing is carried out through private or work emails, text messages and messaging apps such as Slack, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. These allow cybercriminals to access a large amount of information and sometimes obtain financial benefits. At They teach you how to avoid phishing.

Malicious apps: Installing apps poses a host of security risks, such as data leakage, among others. Using these types of programs makes it easy for devices to become infected with mobile malware (one of the main types of cyber threats observed in our Cybersecurity Report 2020), such as credential stealers , keyloggers and remote access Trojans. These threats provide cybercriminals with an easy and effective way to launch sophisticated, direct attacks that can spread from mobile devices to networks. Likewise, other main dangers include the fact that users tend to accept (without reading them) the terms and conditions that allow the application to access information stored on the devices.

Device vulnerabilities: Businesses around the world have been victims of cyberattacks in which the security of a mobile device has been compromised. Therefore, vulnerabilities in individual components or in the operating system itself (whether Android or iOS) pose a serious risk to data security. Moreover, apart from security vulnerabilities, the “weak” security settings of these devices are also potential targets for cyber criminals, as they provide access to all stored information, which puts data security at great risk.

Network-based attacks: To prevent various attacks, it is essential to analyze the communications that devices receive and send. This is because most variants of mobile malware need to establish a connection to the command and control server of the device in order to successfully leak data. The detection of these malicious communication channels therefore makes it possible to block communications, preventing multiple types of attacks.

Finally, it is important for organizations to recognize that mobile device management and protection are not synonymous. Some people mistakenly believe that depending on the operating system installed, the security of a mobile device can be better. While it’s true that both Android and iOS provide their own tools to improve the security of devices that use their software, neither operating system is inherently impenetrable. Both are susceptible to security vulnerabilities. Therefore, mobile devices should be treated like any other corporate network connection point in terms of security, risk management, and threat visibility.