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Cyberattacks plague one out of every six smartphone owners

Smartphone owners are under attack, with one out of every six owners facing a cyberattack
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Nov 24, 2014 2:36 pm

Smartphone and tablet owners are facing an increased security threat, as criminals target their devices, with one in six global smartphone owners suffering a cyberattack. Even with the increased number of threats faced, many devices still don't have any type of anti-virus and anti-malware software installed. A tremendous amount of data is now being kept on mobile devices, especially as users log into mobile banking and email accounts, and malware is being designed to target this data.

 

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"The rapid rise in demand for online banking and retail combined with very little security on devices has created a massive opportunity for cybercriminals leaving many people and businesses extremely vulnerable," said Ori Eisen, 41st Parameter founder.

 

At the very least, consumers should install some form of anti-malware protection on their smartphone or tablet. Ensuring these products are also password-protected is an important step to help keep out some criminals, along with being careful on clicking suspicious links and downloading apps from unknown sources.

NEWS SOURCES:Gadgets.ndtv.com, Cdn.abclocal.go.com

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