Most people opting for a new mobile phone are entering the world of Smartphones. The increase of Apps targeting both Android and Iphones is incredible. And of course where there is money and activity there are scammers, fraud and malware.
BBC news alerts users of UK smartphones are being targeted by scammers. Apparently it’s easy to target smartphones with fraud App.
According to the BBC:
- 39% of adults access the web on smartphones
- 22% download apps at least once a month
- Android malicious software up 800%
Mark Ward Technology correspondent, BBC News
Mobiles are attractive to cyber criminals because no matter what you do with a handset, money changes hands.
Smartphones are especially tempting because they run apps.
Most of those apps are vetted before you can install them but that does not provide bullet-proof protection.
It can be hard to distinguish between legitimate apps that want access to your contacts so they can spread the word about a high score, and those that just want to steal the list of names.
What makes matters worse is that many people unlock or jailbreak their handsets to get at non-official apps. Many of these are booby-trapped versions of programs that would cost money on the legitimate marketplace.
Jailbreaking a phone also leaves it open to infection if you browse the wrong website.
Given this, and the lack of security software for handsets, it is clear why the pool of potential victims is deepening.
The rule of thumb is to be sure that what you are installing comes from a legitimate source, keep an eye on your bill, investigate if your battery runs down quickly and try not to leave your phone unattended.
Source – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15600697
“A national computer security campaign is urging smartphone users to do more to protect themselves from unwittingly downloading malware applications.
Get Safe Online says that there has been an increase in smartphone malware as the market has grown.
Criminals are typically creating Trojan copies of reputable apps and tricking users into installing them. “
Downloading Smartphone Apps Safely
Get Safe online advise when downloading an App:
- Review the developer terms and conditions
- Check the App reviews online
- Pay attention to basic parameters such as your smartphone battery life – is the battery going down quickly? Malicious Apps often exhaust your phone battery by making constant updates.
The Importance of App Reviews
There is a growing importance in getting positive and numerous reviews for your new App. App developers and App marketers beware! Take the time and effort to encourage your App users to leave reviews of your App, especially regarding the App safety!