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Protecting Your Mobile Devices from Email and Other Web Based Threats

Internet security service providers thought that their job would become easier with the advent of advanced devices and safer protocols of networking. But that turned out the other way. As hard as researchers worked to develop new and flawless techniques, hackers worked as hard to find loopholes in them that they could exploit and use to their advantage.

When smartphones and other mobile devices like tablets and iPads entered the gadget scene, we were not aware of the security risks we faced. But today, it has become an involuntary part of our psyche. If we see an email from a sender with a random ID, we get suspicious. Gone are the days when we used to click on links that claimed that we had won thousands of dollars. Hackers have exploited all the human vulnerabilities that we have started doubting even genuine pleas for charity and support as scams.

However, hackers have also evolved with time and have come up with advanced techniques that they employ to gain unauthorized access into others’ accounts. Here are some of the threats that specifically target mobile devices.

The Most Commonly Seen Threats in Mobile Devices

The technology that is available today is so advanced that it is literally impossible for us to even mention all the different types of threats that are out there in the cyber world. However, there are a few commonly seen threats that we will be looking into in thei article.

Botnet: A botnet is a piece of code that will turn your mobile device or computer’s hardware into a component for a bigger network that the hacker  is creating. The hacker uses this huge network of computers to perform a concentrated attack on large and powerful networks. Examples of these kinds of attacks include attack on the US CIA site, the Amazon site, etc.

Worm: A worm is a program that is designed to dig through your firewall and enter your system. From your device, it will also spread to other computers on your network and additional devices too, depending on the mode of contact. Some worms also replicate once they enter the device and the rate of infection also increases exponentially. Some people confuse worms with viruses but they are completely different programs .

Virus: A virus is a type of malicious software that can not only affect your software but can also damage the hardware of your computer. A virus program can be designed to perform a variety of tasks from deleting specific files to the whole hard drive to making custom modifications to the file and even burning up your entire hard drive. All these capabilities have made the virus program one of the most dreaded malicious software.

Spyware: As the name suggests, spyware is software that hackers use to spy on your computer. Depending on the type of spyware, the program can send out recorded user information, steal files from the infected computer and even modify files, if the spyware is advanced enough. Some spyware programs are so advanced that they will even interact intelligently with the user.

Phishing: Phishing is a type of attack that is aimed at collecting user information like login ID, passwords, bank account details, etc. Usually, phishing attacks are disguised as emails or advertising links, surveys and worry free torrent links. Although phishing attacks do not cause any apparent damage to your computer, they are one of the most dangerous types of attacks as they not only compromise the sensitive data and other accounts but will also lead to cases of identity theft.

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