According to a recent article on the IT Business Edge blog, many people understand that there are viruses that can attack their personal computers. However, many don’t understand that there are viruses that can attack mobile phones as well. If you’ve heard the term “mobile malware,” then you’ve heard about these viruses that are designed to attack mobile phones. Mobile malware is on the rise. Today’s smartphones can do more then ever before. They’re like having a mini PC in your pocket. Businesses today use mobile phones constantly. Employees can access many of the programs they use in their offices from their phones. With access to the Internet as well, mobile phones are becoming increasingly vulnerable to malware attacks.
There are several ways in which businesses can prevent mobile malware attacks. These include:

  • Consistently Checking Mobile Applications – Do you know what apps are currently running on your phone? Many of today’s mobile malware will come under the disguise of an app. Look closely at what apps are running on the phone. If it is not something you use often, get rid of it. Most people tend to notice that their batteries die quickly when they have malware on their phones because many of these programs run in the background.
  • Reviewing Your Bill Often – Hackers using mobile malware do so in order to get your phone’s information. Look for any strange calls or texts being sent to unfamiliar numbers, a common tactic used by mobile hackers. You’ll want to block any unfamiliar numbers to prevent future use.
  • Installing Antivirus Software – Yes, there is anti-virus software for mobile devices. While it may not totally prevent your mobile phone from ever being hacked, it can prevent a lot of attacks.
  • Regularly Checking the Settings on Your Phone – The settings on a mobile phone are there to protect you. Don’t auto-connect to WiFi networks. This can leave you vulnerable to an attack. Also, check your settings to ensure that you are notified before any programs are downloaded or updated on the phone. You want to make sure the download is from a trusted party.
  • Looking out for Suspicious Links – Just as you need to monitor links you receive in emails on your computer, you need to monitor them on your mobile device, too. Today’s society is constantly on the go. Checking emails from mobile devices is one of the most popular way that people use their phones. Be careful not to click on any links that you don’t trust.
  • Only Downloading from Trusted Sites and Marketplaces – Apps today are downloaded by the thousands. Free downloads are enticing. However be careful as some of these free downloads are disguises for malware. Only download from a known and trusted site or marketplace.

Mobile malware attacks are rising because of the easy access to mobile devices. While businesses and individuals take great care in protecting their PC’s, there seems to be a little less security when it comes to mobile devices.

Remember, mobile devices carry a lot of personal information as well. So, hackers using malware can easily gain access to business and personal information. Use these tips to protect your mobile devices. It will pay off in the long run.