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What you need to know about Mobile Malware

You may think it’s save to access personal data on your Mobile, but you’re wrong! It is just as dangerous to use your phone as it is to use your PC without the right precautions.

So, what exactly is mobile malware? It is malicious software designed to do a range of things from disabling your phone and controlling your device to stealing all your valuable information. It is basically the same as PC malware, except it is used to infect your mobile device.

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The dangers of mobile malware:

-- Bank account details stolen
-- Private information accessed
-- Forced messages sent to premium numbers
-- Devices can be used to launch attacks on digital targets
-- Phone data is deleted
-- In the end the device is bricked and needs to be replaced

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How the malware attacks your mobile device:

-- Spyware silently collects information from you and then sends it out to eavesdroppers
-- Phishing is when a fake version of a site is created to gather your private information
-- Some malware will exploit your mobile’s vulnerabilities in order to control your device
-- App stores are compromised when legit apps are infected with malicious code
-- Third-party online application repositories are unofficial websites so there is no control on what apps are available
-- Worms can replicate and spread themselves throughout a network
-- A Trojan app may seem legit but it is really malicious
-- Any mobile that connects to a Wi-Fi network without knowing if it is safe is open to attack
-- A direct attack can happen when files or SMS messages are sent to your phone

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Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of protecting your mobile device:

Make sure your OS is up to date
Download apps from third-party online application repositories
Only download apps from trustworthy sites
Jailbreak your phone
Check the feedback from other users before installing an app
Leave your Wi-Fi on if you are not using it
Use a strong password and a firewall
Use banking sites or shopping sites on a public Wi-Fi connection
Turn off your Bluetooth when it is not in use
Leave your mobile unattended in public places
Install a mobile security app
Forget to download a security app to protect your phone

Do you suspect that your mobile phone or PC has been infected by malware? Don't hesistate, contact The Computer Guyz today! Call us on 087 001 0511/2 or email [email protected]

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