Mobile Security & Privacy: An Intensifying Issue for Smartphone Users

As end-users and businesses come to rely on Smartphones and tablets in their personal and business activities to store valuable information, it is attracting the attention of cybercriminals who seek to prey upon certain vulnerabilities.  Malware targeting Smartphones and tablets rose by 285 percent during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period the year before, according to a study by G Data SecurityLabs.  Cybercrime is driven by return on investment, and, as a rule, the more popular the operating system, the more enticing it will be to hackers. The Android OS, which currently claims 45 percent of the US mobile market8, is the most prevalent target for malware developers today. Android is an open-source platform that, unlike iOS or the BlackBerry operating systems, is not tightly controlled and is thereby inherently more appealing to attackers. The Apple iOS, with 27 percent US market share, is considered comparatively secure, but security risks escalate when users ―jailbreak devices to override the limitations of the operating system. Regardless of OS, all Wi-Fi-enabled handhelds are vulnerable to attacks that allow a hacker to commandeer a user’s email and social network accounts.

So far many of the company have taken initiative for the development of antivirus software installed with the Smartphones and tablets. There will be 1.3 million-plus apps for download on Smartphones and tablets by early 2012, according to an IDC forecast .The mobile security market is growing to ruin the cybercriminal. National mobile security markets in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region will experience the strongest growth. At the same time highest incidence of cybercrime in countries such as Russia, China, and South Africa where the rate of victimization ranges from 80 to 92 percent. High incidences of cybercrime in concentrated areas can often skew worldwide results, especially when those areas are highly populous nations such as China and Russia. Beside the security service vendors many of the telecom industries are providing antivrus software with their services with extra charges which is considers as competitive advantage which remain the customer with them. Mobile devices may be the next frontier for malware creators, the best defense is to use common sense and be on your guard for incoming scams via e-mail, social networks, and text messages.

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