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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.

Published Sun, May 18 2014 7:21 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

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.

Largest mobile phone threats: Malware, lost devices, insecure Wi-Fi | TweakTown.com

"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.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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