Time To Worry About Mobile Hacking?

Unless you are a celebrity, you are unlikely to be targeted by hackers. However, there are still possibilities of your phone being hacked in the future. This is because hackers might start to target at mobile device users since consumers nowadays spend more time on mobile apps than on the web.

How do hackers attack mobile device?

The most prevalent way of hacking is via fake identity. For example, a hacker will call you and pretend as the phone company saying they need to update your account and need your password. If the hacker has enough of your information, he will call the phone company on behalf of you.

Another way will be guessing the default password provided by the carrier if the victim left it unchanged.

A more technological way to hack is getting a bit of your information such as password and other sensitive information about your account and send a phishing email from your carrier asking you to log in.

Compared to iPhone, Android is less safe as publishers are able to upload apps directly to Android Market. There were 58 Android apps infected by malicious code and 250,000 phones were affected in March. Once a malicious app is installed, your information such as calls, texts, and even data related to banking and credit cards can be recorded. Besides, your phone could be controlled by the hacker to send texts or making calls.

While such attacks are still rare, some security firms have started taking measures. AT&T plans to start selling selling a security offering to customer next year. Sales of mobile security software are expected to grow 50% each year through 2014.

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