Is it safer to use your smartphone than your computer? This question is becoming more common as people are starting to use their phones more than their computers. Tasks like accessing the Internet, checking email and playing games are the common activity of people of all ages.
No matter where you look you see that computer sales are trending down and the sale of new mobile devices are trending up. These trends do not go unnoticed by malware developers. Why do malware developers target Windows more than any other operating system? Not because it’s easier. It’s because Windows makes up the largest part of the total computer market. The modern malware developer views things no differently.
Market and Usage Trends Computer vs. Mobile Device
As computer sales continue toward a downward trend the sales of mobile devices has sky rocketed over the last four to five years. Microsoft did not help these trends any by introducing Windows 8 but that is a different story. More people are using their smartphone or tablet to do things they used to use their computer to do.
- Check and Send Email
- Access Credit Card and Bank Accounts
- Access the Internet
- Play Online Games
- Access Social Media Sites (Facebook, Twitter…)
The question “there’s an app for that” is bound to be one of the top 10 most popular sayings of the first part of the 21st century. To say that people tend to be app crazy would be a horrible understatement. Apps from every facet of life is typically found on a majority of mobile devices today. Whether going to the grocery store or visiting the gym. There are apps that people use to help them with their visit.
The Mobile Malware Truths
The truth about malware targeting mobile devices is that it is increasing. As the trends for mobile device usage increase so does the trend for new malware that targets it. G-Data reported in the first quarter of 2015 that there were 440,267 new malware samples discovered. According to G-Data this was a 21% increase over the first quarter of 2014. According to the same report over half are banking Trojans, Ransomware, and SMS Trojans which are financially motivated.
What this information means for you is likely in your mind. With over 60% of mobile devices world wide being Android devices it is not difficult to figure out what malware developers are going to target most, Androids. This means that you need to ask yourself a few questions:
- Is your smartphone or tablet Android
- Do you have effective malware protection installed
- Do you watch your bank and credit card accounts
No matter what type of mobile devices you have it is important to protect them. If you have an Android device it is even more important. Using effective malware protection and keeping an eye on your bank and credit card activity is an important step to.
Since we tend to keep pictures and important information on mobile devices using a trustworthy backup service is increasingly important. In the event that your device is infected by some type of threat you can factory reset your device without fear of loss.
Today’s Mobile Truth
The truth of today’s world is no matter whether you are using a computer or a mobile device it is dangerous. Being aware and using some type of protection is necessary. Keep in mind that when a large number of people are tending to use a specific device or software there are those that will attempt to take advantage of it in some way.
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