Smart phone users

Smart phone users

Smart phone users are opening doors to identity thieves since
most of our personal data is stored digitally. Also, more and more
people are using smart phones to pay bills or to transfer
money or almost for all the possible financial transactions.

Smart phone users

How smart phones can put you at risk of identity theft

1. Mobile Ransomware

It was quite common on PC for a long time, and now it is affecting the mobile user too. In ransomware, the cyber criminals hack your mobile data. They can also use your phone even without your knowledge. To get your data back, they often ask to pay some ransom.

2. Botnets

Botnets are the network of computers. The criminals control this botnet to spread malicious activities. They also work as a source of spam emails.

3. Malicious Apps

These apps when installed on your smart phone, they connect to some other apps from the app store without your permission. Then they spread malware on your device. They buy these apps from your money without letting you know about it. This money goes into the pockets of the cyber criminals.

Security measures to be taken to protect your data

1. Installation of security software. Install good anti-virus and anti-malware software, which will help reduce the risk of cyber-attacks.

2. Install apps from the reputable app store. Before installing any application, check its authenticity.

3. Regularly update your operating system and apps. Set up a scan for viruses and fix the bugs.

4. Avoid sharing personal data. Do not click on any legitimate looking link. Also avoid sharing personal details on any website.

5. Check credit card transactions and bank statements regularly.

6. Enable data breach notifications or invest in good mobile protection program. Try Cyberior Digital Identity Protection program.