With the advancement of technology also come an increased number of security measures to ensure that a virtual lock and key is still used in the keeping of people’s information. And with the arrival of smartphones as a normal part of the daily routine, being used for nearly anything and everything, security risks may still occur.
- Data leakage – smartphones can be stolen, and even with a locking mechanism, there are still ways that a thief can see information stored. This risk has an especially high probability for smartphones with removable memory.
- Accidental sharing – features of a smartphone can be complicated and overwhelming when not fully understood. And with the increased amount of data sharing methods such as through Bluetooth, air drop, bump, and such, accidental sharing of information can often happen.
- Hacking – for more intelligent thieves, hacking is entirely possible when information is stolen through an outside source or through breaking into the account. Like your smartphone being invaded from the inside.
- Phishing – similar to hacking, but targets users by luring them with fake applications making them enter their information such as credit card numbers. Applications for mobile usage can be made by anyone so this is also a common method of security leakage.
- Spyware – spyware is a security mechanism built into your smartphone with the intention to keep harmful agents out. But spyware can sometimes malfunction and cause effect on your stored personal data.
- Spoofing – spoofing is a phishing method that is quicker and can target more people. A fake Wi-Fi network is created which users try to use. This connection is then used to the attackers’ advantage by entering the users’ mainstream through it.
- Surveillance – surveillance attacks are a very bad invasion of privacy. This is when an attacker keeps track of a user using his smartphone. He can track it and know wherever a user is.
- Diallerware – have you ever received a message where it says call a certain number and you can win a million dollars? You may be being targeted by a diallerware attacker. This dial connection is used similar to spoofing where the connection is used to get into your data storage.
- Financial Malware – this security risk happens when malware is somehow installed on your smartphone either from downloading an app, opening a link, and such where access is given to the attacker and he can take your information.
- Network congestion – when an increased amount of users are online at the same time, a network might be unable to cope and crash.
Being aware of the risks is important in keeping them handled in order to ensure the greater security of your smartphone. In a day and age where the world is slowly turning digital, it is important that technological advancements in security match up with their device counterparts.