If you look at the information provided by security companies, you will see that malware is one of the greatest cyber security threats today. Security firms have taken over five million samples of programs and code that are malware. This may make you wonder if the apps your mobile devices use can be protected from carrying malware. Fortunately, the Apple and Google app stores are very secure and provide protection from malware. There are some things you can do as well to keep your smartphone and tablet safe from malware attack.
Google and Apple app stores are vigilant
In 2014, Google issued a security report stating that less than 0.5 percent of the 1 billion devices they scanned had installed a possibly harmful app. These damaging applications included fraudulent apps, spyware, and ransomware. Using a security scanning capability called “Verify Apps,” Google watches for malware on android devices. It also scans mobile apps submitted to its Google Play Store and removes them if they violate company policy.
This information means that for every 10,000 devices, only one has malicious software installed. Even though this is good news, do not let your guard down. Malware developers and cyber criminals are still trying to get through the company that manufactured your device. Many people store personal and financial information on their smartphones, so this makes the challenge of stealing this information appealing to some. However, Verizon has not found any iOS malware and very little Android malware.
App stores that carry the biggest risk are from third parties
There are a few countries with popular third party app stores that have pirated software and app versions that have malware. Security company Symantec discovered and analyzed over 6.3 mobile apps in 2014. At that time, there were only 1.5 million apps in the Google Play Store, and less than that in Apple’s App Store. This means that two-thirds of the apps are coming from other sources. Here are some recommendations for mobile app users in North America.
Use a well-known app store
You are protected when you use the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. They regularly check software uploaded to their stores for malware. You should not download mobile applications from other app stores or websites, because this can be risky. They do not perform the security checks that the well-known stores do. You are 7-10 times more likely to be affected by malicious software if you do not use the safest app stores.
Do not jailbreak your smartphone
There is a lot of built-in security that comes with your mobile device. Some people like to use programs that promise to “hack” their device and “jailbreak” it to allow them to use apps not available in regular stores. It does lead to more open markets, but carries with it the danger of undermining the protection and security built into the original programming. Jailbreaking apps disable your phone’s application validation and the ability to keep apps from gaining access to your protected data. Those who do jailbreak their devices carry the responsibility of having to protect their smartphone or tablet from malware.
Update your phone software frequently
Even if there are vulnerable spots in the software and programming on your mobile device, it does not mean you are going to immediately be a target for malware. One way to protect yourself and your device is to update all security and bug fixes as soon as you are notified of them. Always look for new system updates on your mobile device as well. The programmers and manufacturers of your phone and its operating system are dedicated to issuing security protections to keep users safe.
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