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Largest mobile phone threats: Malware, lost devices, insecure Wi-Fi

Smartphone users aren't doing enough to keep devices secure, despite growing privacy and security concerns

| Hacking & Security News | Posted: May 19, 2014 12:21 am

Consumers have a wide variety of appealing smartphones and tablets to choose from, though must be aware of the security risks that they must deal with. Unfortunately, many users don't bother to keep their phone password-protected, and ignore any type of security risks - greatly opening up the likelihood of being infected by cybercriminals.

 

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"Mobile devices have become an attractive target for cybercriminals," said Roberto Martinez, Kaspersky Lab researcher from the global research and analysis team, in a statement to TweakTown. "Currently, some of the greatest mobile threats are malicious applications or malware, lost or stolen devices and insecure Wi-Fi connections. These threats can cause the loss of personal or financial information."

 

Kaspersky Lab also gave TweakTown an inside look into basic security tips for smartphone users, trying to keep their mobile devices secure. There is a special emphasis in Google Android smartphone and tablet security, as 99 percent of mobile threats target Android-powered devices.

NEWS SOURCESUsa.kaspersky.com, Blog.kaspersky.com

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