We’re all used to thinking about antivirus and security software on our computers. But with smartphones and tables selling faster than computers, mobile devices have become an attractive target for those looking to commit fraud, including identity theft.
Do you think about security on your smartphone or tablet? Most people don’t. But we should.
Why? Because they have the same two things that allow viruses and hacks on your computer: apps and an internet connection.
Just this month, RiskIQ released a study showing that apps in the Google Play store saw a 388% increase in the number of malicious apps. Also, in a report from Kaspersky Lab, 98.5% of all malware detected in 2013 targeted Android devices.
But Android is not alone. Even those of us who love our iOS devices need to be wary. This month Apple also issued a major security update to iOS 7 to address a major security flaw. This flaw allows a “man-in-the-middle” attack where the attacker could modify the information being sent from your device or steal passwords.
If you haven’t already updated your iOS devices to iOS 7.0.6, stop everything you are doing and do it now!