What is Mobile Malware? — A Parental Guide | TheWiSpy

What is Mobile Malware? — A Parental Guide:

  • According to research conducted at the University of Cambridge, 87% of the smart devices are at critical risk to get exposed to at least one vulnerability.
  • In a survey, Zimperium Labs found out that a single text message can hack 95% of mobile phones.
  • According to reports, Kaspersky revealed that its anti-malware software detected 24,610,126 malicious objects in 2019.

History of Mobile Malware Software:

  • The very first malware virus, Timofonica, was discovered in 2000. Timofonica, developed by Russian and Finnish labs mastered in building anti-malware programmes. The virus sent a stack of text messages to GSM mobile phones that contained criticism against Spanish operator Telefonica.
  • In 2004, The Worm “Cabir” named virus was invented. The virus could spread via Bluetooth and could target Symbian mobile devices.
  • In 2007, the very first mobile spyware was discovered. Mobile spy apps can record incoming and outgoing phone calls, track messages, etc.
  • The Cabir 2011, alarmed Android devices. It is capable of deadly malware attacking. The malware is capable of recording mobile data on stealth mode.
  • In 2013 malware, known as FakeDefender, sent false security threats making people install the fake anti-malware infecting several smart devices.

Common Types of Mobile Malware:

1- Mobile Spy Apps:

2- Trojan:

3- Mobile Phishing:

4- Mobile Ransomware:

5- Mobile Adware:

Protect Your Smart Devices from Mobile Malware Attacks:

  • Keep your mobile OS updated — Most importantly, make sure your mobile phone runs the new OS version. Subsequently, is significant to run the latest OS version to protect your device from malware attacks.
  • Click wisely — Do not open any link your find online. Make sure you read your emails carefully and click the attached files only if you know the source is authentic. Certainly, malicious emails can infect your mobile phone within seconds.
  • Install apps from trusted sources — Do not install apps from unauthentic sources. Ensure the apps are genuine before you decide to install them.
  • Never root/jailbreak your device — Rooting or jailbreaking destructs all the firewalls of the operating system. Meanwhile, rooting or jailbreaking make the OS more vulnerable to hacking attacks. Don’t ever try to root or jailbreak your phone.
  • Install anti-malware — Above all, protect your phone with anti-malware software. Anti-malware helps you detect security threats before they damage your mobile phone.



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David H. Williams

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