Protecting Your Smartphone From Hackers

You install security software on your computer but what about your smartphone?


These days, mobile security is at the top of every company’s worry list as no one is immune to the increasing attacks. Almost all workers routinely access corporate data from smartphones. Therefore, keeping sensitive information out of the wrong hands is a heavy burden to carry.


Do you want to overcome cyber threats and protect your phone from the increasing attacks? You should follow the next steps to ensure complete protection.

Preventing Data Leakage and Intrusion Prevention

Nowadays, data leakage is one of the most worrisome threats to enterprise security. Dionisio Zumerle, research director for mobile security at Gartner suggests turning to mobile threat defense (MTD) solutions.


There are programs like CheckPoint’s SandBlast Mobile, Symantec’s Endpoint Protection Mobile, and Zimperium zIPS Protection. These products scan apps for “leaky behavior” and it can automatically block problematic or harmful processes.


Even that is not always enough protection to cover leakage that happens as a result of an human error. This is something as simple as pasting confidential information in the wrong place, transferring company files onto a public cloud storage service or forwarding an email to an unintended recipient. It’s a challenge the healthcare industry is struggling to master.


According to Beazley, an insurance provider specialist “unintended disclosure” was responsible for 41 percent of data breaches, this was reported by healthcare organizations in the first three quarters of 2017 and it is more than double the next highest cause.


Data loss prevention (DLP) tools are the most effective form of protection for this kind of leakage. Such software is specifically designed to prevent the exposure of sensitive information, including accidental scenarios.


Another example is the Pegasus spyware. This type of spyware was initially capable of hacking iPhones, gather data stored on the device and follow the victim. However, researchers later discovered new vulnerabilities in exploited iPhones, which formed a chain of attacks that even overpowered Apple’s strong security systems.


Apple released a software update in its 9.3.5 patch in order to solve all the vulnerabilities exposed by the hackers.


Mid 2017, hackers created a new version based on the original code of the Pegasus spyware, this time targeting Android devices. The hackers made Android users think it was just a regular application. However, the creators were secretly gaining root access to their victim’s devices and execute massive surveillance operations.


Google countered the spyware threat by enforcing Google’s security measures for apps that were allowed to be downloaded from the Google Play Store.


Avoid Open and Insecure Wi-Fi Networks

These days, securing your network – wireless and wired – is extremely important. Memory and Internet of Things (IoT) threats are imminent challenges that are faced across wireless and wired solutions.


According to Gartner, by 2020, IoT technology will be in 95 percent of electronics for new product designs. To protect yourself against cyber threats, you have to add extra layers of security across your wired, wireless, cloud and mobile network.


In addition, in order to prevent device tampering and unauthorized access, you have to secure your IoT devices. Also, make sure you patch your firewalls and endpoint devices to the latest firmware. Insert next-gen firewalls that can provide real-time intrusion detection and mitigation.


Only connect to verified, trustworthy public networks and always disable automatic Wi-Fi connection function. Protect your Wi-Fi with an encrypted password as well as revamping your equipment every few years would help a lot. If you do find yourself unable to avoid the day to day convenience of unsecured public Wi-Fi, I would also strongly recommend investing in a VPN.

Update Your Software

Improve your smartphone’s security by regularly updating your Operating System and other software applications. A recent study released by Zimperium on mobile device threats shows that 98% of Android users and more than 35% of iOS users do not update their phones to the latest available software version as often as they should.


It is important to update your smartphone as soon as it is ready to be downloaded and installed on your phone. This keeps hackers from accessing your phone through vulnerabilities in outdated applications. Download and install trustworthy phone protection apps that provide complete malware security to protect your phone from hackers and viruses.


With the help of advanced security software, you can protect your phone against attacks such as viruses, advanced spy- or malware and prevent your device from being used in a botnet.


Alphanumeric Smartphone Lock

Lock your smartphone with a safe option like your alphanumeric password PIN, to improve security. Apple’s and Samsung’s latest smartphones have new fingerprint scanners and face recognition features but don’t get too excited now!

These features may seem safe. However, hackers can simply use your picture to unlock your phone or copy your fingerprints from something that you have held before.


“Your mobile device contains a veritable treasure trove of personal information and, once unlocked, can lead to devastating consequences.” says Jean-Philippe Taggart, Senior Security Researcher at Malwarebytes. Thus, avoid this simple smartphone unlocking method and just stick to the good ‘ol PIN password.

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