ARE YOUR SMARTPHONES HACK-FREE?

It is noteworthy that smart phones, tablets and other mobile computing devices are being made the target of serious attack and face significant risks, especially in the 21st century. In fact, they have become the prime targets for hackers and other cyber criminals. Yet, very few people are aware.

Smart phones, notepads and tablets have significant vulnerabilities when properly analysed. Consequently, you need to understand this and take steps to protect them from becoming the target of hackers looking to steal vital private information.

There no doubt that today's smart phones are designed to access as much personal information as networked computers. In fact, modern mobile computing devices are amazingly capable of quite a lot. Nevertheless, the sensitivity of data being received and sent virtually includes some set of private information that hackers are very interested in having access to. To this end, mobile digital devices face similar attack vectors as much as personal computers. These attack vectors include but not limited to signal interception, malware and overlay attacks.

Besides this, mobile computing devices face other unique challenges. For example, your smartphone wireless signal can connect to a fake cell tower activated by a hacker who intends to gain access to your private information.

Unfortunately, the mobile information security issue is becoming worse. More than two million types of malware are in circulation and directed toward transportable computing devices. The sad thing is that a single data breach can bankrupt a company.

Channel Pro, an information security news source reports that over 70 million smartphones are lost each year with just 7% being recovered. Furthermore, statistic shows that one laptop is stolen every minute with mobile devices being the easiest device to steal.

Sadly, the security perimeter of smartphones, in recent times, has been relaxed from the secure space behind a firewall to anywhere in the world where a user creates a wireless connection. The user of a tablet or smartphone functions outside the protection of a private computer network. Except if robust encryption employed, any information being transmitted through the air can be intercepted and compromised.

Also, the fact that users continue to "sync" their smartphones with desktop computers is also a significant susceptibility. Both gadgets can easily be attacked with malware if one or the other device has been compromised.

Again, using your smartphones while on the go can increase the chances of your devices been hacked. Cyber criminals, for instance, can have access to your confidential information simply by watching you work. There are a few other vulnerabilities. "Texting”, as an illustration, has been identified to deliver malware to unsuspecting users which can allow cybercriminals to compromise a whole hardware platform systematically.

Therefore, Tablets, Smartphones or other mobile devices need to be secured all the time, especially when they are being used in public places (e.g. in an airport). Users must be mindful of the dangers of having their devices stolen and must take extraordinary actions to protect information on their devices.

Summarily, Smartphones, Tablets and mobile digital equipment are at a much greater risk of being damaged, lost or compromised when compared to a networked computer. Smartphones and other mobile devices can not only be stolen easily, but they can as well function as a conduit for the transmission of malware if they are synced or used to share data with networked computers. And since mobile digital devices are very powerful, it is fair to suggest that the destruction which can be done through hacking of such device is unimaginable. So, it is important that you make an effort to figure out how to secure your mobile digital equipment at all cost.