These are the main mobile security recommendations and predictions for 2017:
Whenever an individual or a corporation is faced with a major security breach, blame is often pointed at them. To a certain extent, this is rightfully so. After all, the individual or the entity probably should have been more proactive in safeguarding their mobile security data. But, the blame game also has to be pointed towards the Vendor who is providing the Wireless or Internet connections. After all, had these been made more secure, the statistical probability that the Security breach would have actually happened is obviously much lower. Thus, there will be a trend now occurring with all of the major Wireless carriers (such as those of TDC, Telenor, Telia, Hutchison 3, and Net 1, etc.) in that they will start to constantly monitor in real time not only their own networks but also, the networks of which their customers are accessing and using. The ultimate goal is to notify the customer in real time if their private, individual network has been breached, and the steps that they need to take in order to remedy the situation and to avoid it from happening in the future.
In the last couple of years, there has been a plethora in the usage of Mobile Apps. While this is certainly advantageous, it too can be a major point of entry for the Cyber attacker into your Smartphone. For example, even if you start to attempt to download a mobile app from a trusted Vendor, you still have to enter your username and password, which can still be easily intercepted, given that the Wireless connection is probably insecure. Worst yet, you could also be tempted into downloading a Mobile App from a source which appears to be trustworthy. But in all likelihood, this particular App could have very well developed by a Cyber attacker with a Trojan Horse installed into it. Once this App is then downloaded onto your Smartphone, the Cyber attacker will then have full-fledged access to not only just the data which is in it, but they will also have full roaming privileges onto the actual hardware and other software packages as well. Thus, over time, it is expected that the usage of Mobile Apps will slowly start to decline once these mobile security vulnerabilities become more public. Apart from the security perspective of it, another reason for the declination in the development of mobile apps is that there is an overwhelming number of existing apps, and new ones are being created on an almost daily basis at the sacrifice of the already existing ones.
Given now that we can see Mobile Security will be a top issue coming into 2017, what are some steps that the business or corporation, or even yourself can take to protect confidential information and data? Here are some mobile security recommendations to take into consideration. Although these are not at all any “bullet proof” methods, they will help. But once again, remember, in this ever-increasing world of sophisticated mobile Cyber-attacks, the best line of defense is to always remain vigilant and alert.
It is impossible of course to keep up with all of the latest developments in Mobile Security, it all comes down to one thing: Trust your guts and instincts. If something doesn’t feel right and if you think you have become a victim, the chances are that you have become one.
1. Always lock your screen
First in our list of mobile security recommendations is to always lock your screen. When you do this, you will be asked to enter a PIN Number before you can access the Smartphone screen and the Apps which are on it. By doing this, if your Smartphone is ever lost or stolen, the hacker will have a little bit harder time in accessing your Smartphone. This will give you the time you need to contact your Wireless Vendor, and to have them issue what is known as a “Remote Wipe” onto your Smartphone. Also seeing that PIN Numbers are still not the best form of Security, many of these Wireless are now turning to Two Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA. So, in addition to entering your PIN Number, you also have to enter in another piece of identifying information only which you know, such as your Biometric (for example, this would be like a Fingerprint or even an Iris Scan).
2. Ensure that Encryption is enabled
Many Smartphones and other forms of Wireless Technologies are now coming with what is known as “Encryption”. This simply means that the information and data which is your Smartphone remains in an undecipherable and scrambled state which is rendered to be useless in case if it were to be ever intercepted by a malicious third party.
3. Consider twice before officially “rooting” your Smartphone
What exactly is rooting? It can be defined as [establishing] root permissions on your phone. It’s similar running programs as administrators in Windows or running a command with sudo in Linux. With a rooted phone, you can run apps that require access to certain system settings, as well as flash custom ROMs to your phone, which add all sorts of extra features.” Although this might give you a sense and feeling of total control over your Smartphone, there are tremendous Security risks with this as well. Examples of this include unofficial Mobile Apps taking direct control of your Smartphone when you least expect it; and the difficulty of updating the Smartphone Operating Systems and other related, “official” software applications. Therefore, it is crucial to consider all these mobile security recommendations.
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