To the majority of us, the mobile phone is something we cannot live without. The mobile phone gives us the power and convenience to stay connected with friends and family, work and even entertainment. Many store a large amount of confidential information on the phone (knowingly or unknowingly), including banking details, credit card info, or highly confidential work related information.
Did it ever occur to you that your mobile might be hacked one day? Have you thought about mobile security? Well, if you read the report below, you will be shocked by the findings.
According to recent report by Symantec, One in 36 mobile devices have high risk apps installed.
While the overall number of mobile malware infections fell in 2018, there was a rapid increase in the number of ransomware infections on mobile devices, up by a third when compared to 2017. The U.S. was the worst affected by mobile ransomware, accounting for 63 percent of infections. It was followed by China (13 percent) and Germany (10 percent).
Managing mobile device security continues to be a challenge for organisations. In 2018, one in 36 devices used in organisations were classed as high risk. This included devices that were rooted or jailbroken, along with devices that had a high degree of certainty that malware had been installed.
Here are some of the findings on this report:
33% Mobile Ransomware infections increased from 2017 to 2018.
While the overall number of mobile malware infections fell during 2018, there was a rapid increase in the number of ransomware infections on mobile devices, up by a third when compared to 2017.
The U.S. was the worst affected by mobile ransomware, accounting for 63 percent of infections. It was followed by China (13 %) and Germany (10 %).
Categories of mobile apps: Tools (39%), Lifestyle (15%), and Entertainment (7%) were the most frequently seen categories of malicious mobile apps.
Here are some of the statistics: .
In short, the incidents of ransomware on mobile devices are on the increase, and will probably get even more rampant in the near future. It is important to increase our mobile device security.
The solution? Always be cautious when installing mobile apps, and most importantly, avoid installing apps from untrusted source. In addition, scan for malware and ransomware from time to time.
At the same time, ensure your business website/or app are well protected to prevent it becoming one of the media to spread malware and viruses. Looking for ways to protect your website? Contact us to learn more
Together let’s create a better and safer Internet world!
*Report credit to Symantec