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Sales of mobile devices have increased greatly over the past 12 months. Tech giants launch new smartphones and tablets every few weeks. In addition, today people spend more on electronics than ever before. Smart devices now play an important role in almost every aspect of our lives. They offer us many advantages like internet connection, games, music, communication and even mobile shopping.
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A report, issued earlier this month by Websense , predicts that in 2013 mobile security will face new threats. The research states that over the next year cross-platforms and mobile apps will be among the main threat sources. Also, the report predicts how this can affect the top three mobile operating systems.
Cross-Platform Threats Take Over Mobile Devices
This year, cross-platform threats will attack more smartphones and tablets. More tools and applications are now web-based and they are available on various sorts of devices like PCs, Macs, as well as Android and iOS mobile technology. Not long ago, we witnessed a malware that was based on Java which managed to target both PCs and Macs. Now this threat is expected to affect mobile devices like tablets and especially smartphones. The main cause of this is that today people use their innovative phones not so much to call someone, but rather to store and download files and to connect to different online platforms. Kaspersky ONE makes multi-device security easier than ever, but it is not yet very popular among smartphone users.
Nowadays, software developers can easily gain access to mobile devices through their apps. This coin has two sides, however. It makes services provided through apps faster and better, but it also attracts many hackers. Cybercriminals can try to access the information you store on your device using the same principle. The report says that in 2013 this worrying mobile security trend will rise so much that it may even double.
According to the study, Microsoft’s Windows 8 for mobile devices will be most vulnerable to cross-platform mobile security threats. This is due to the fact that the company modified its operating systems to make it more developer-friendly.
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Android devices are already under lots of cyber attacks. That is expected to continue in 2013 and even increase since, like Microsoft, Google is also trying to help developers have more access to its OS.
Even though that iOS works in a rather closed environment, it can too be challenged by cross-platform threats. The reason is that this mobile operating system is very popular among professionals and companies.
More Malware will Come from App Stores
Both Apple and Android have created nearly 1 billion mobile applications. In addition, more and more side developers start to create apps which they freely sell. Cybercriminals are using this to spread malicious applications. That happens through the permissions which users give apps in order to fully access or use their functions. People blindly accept unknown “terms of agreement” and let apps dig into their information without considering mobile security. This negative tendency is predicted to continue throughout 2013.
Finally, the the 2013 Security Predictions Report advises OS and software developers, as well as the IT sector in general to inform people about the possible mobile security threats and how they can avoid them. It also recommends close monitoring of mobile applications and platforms.