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  • 1. Preventing Mobile Malware AttacksAccording to a recent article on IT Business Edge, many people understand that there areviruses that can attack their personal computers. However, many don’t understand thatthere are viruses that can attack mobile phones as well. If you’ve heard the term “mobilemalware” then you’ve heard about these viruses that are designed to attack mobilephones. Mobile malware is on the rise. Today’s smartphones can do more then everbefore. They’re like having a mini PC in your pocket. Businesses today use mobilephones constantly. Employees can literally access many of the programs they use in theiroffice from their phones. With access to the Internet as well, mobile phones are becomingvictims to malware attacks.There are several ways in which businesses can prevent mobile malware attacks. Theseinclude: • 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 battery dies quickly when there is malware on a phone. This is because many of these programs are running in the background. • Reviewing Your Bill Often – Hackers using mobile malware do so in order to get your phones information. Look for any strange calls or texts being sent to unfamiliar numbers. This is a common tactic used by these mobile hackers. You’ll want to block any unfamiliar numbers to prevent any future use. • Installing Antivirus Software – Yes, there is anti-virus software for mobile devices. While it may not totally prevent your mobile phone from 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 insure 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. • Be on the Lookout for Suspicious Links – Just as you need to monitor links you receive in emails on your computer; the same needs to be followed on your mobile device. Today’s society is constantly on the go. Checking emails from mobile devices is one of the most popular reasons people use their phones. Be careful not to click on any links that you don’t trust. • Only Download from Trusted Sites and Marketplaces – Apps today are downloaded by the thousands. Free downloads are enticing. However be careful
  • 2. 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. Whilebusinesses and individuals take great care in protecting their PC’s; there seems to be alittle less security when it comes to mobile devices.Remember, mobile devices carry a lot of personal information as well. So hackers usingmalware can easily gain access to business and personal information. Use these tips toprotect your mobile devices. It will pay off in the long run.