If you own a smartphone, there’s a very good chance a hacker somewhere is trying to cause you harm. There are more than one billion smartphones in the world, and that number is expected to double by 2015, giving hackers even more opportunities to steal.
There was a 200 percent jump in mobile security threats in 2012 versus 2011. And of those threats, almost 95 percent of them were directed towards Android devices, according to security software maker, NQ mobile (NQ). That means close to 33 million Android devices were infected in 2012, three times more than the year earlier. While Android’s open platform creates the richest environment for innovation, that openness also makes the platform the most vulnerable.
Even Apple’s iOS platform has recently come under fire for free apps that leak more personal data than other platforms, according to a study recently released by Appthority.
Omar Kahn, chief executive of NQ Mobile, said malware developers are using increasingly sophisticated approaches to target open platforms, and essentially follow the money.
China, India, Russia and the United States are the countries most infected by malware in the world (in that order), Kahn said. No market is immune from malware or viruses because the concept of digital borders doesn’t exist.
Meanwhile, as more consumers make monetary transactions on the go, mobile platforms need to be more secure. To protect yourself, consider the following tips:
Lock your mobile device.
Don’t click links from places you don’t recognize.
And download security software.