Why you need to be vigilant if you own a tablet or a smartphone
Internet security company Kaspersky Labs has just revealed that the number of malicious codes that tried to steal online bank information doubled from 2012 to 2013.
Researchers said that they have found 100,000 pieces of malicious codes targetting smartphones and tablets last year, up from 40,059 in 2012. They said that the number of known banking Trojans also jumped from 64 at the start of 2013 to 1,321 by the end of that year.
Ninety-eight percent of the attacks were also done on Android phones, and that the amount of malware that stole bank information and other forms of mobile phone identity theft increased by a factor of 20.
In the company’s 2013 Mobile Malware Evolution report, they said hackers targetting banking apps have created a ‘cyber industry’ out of the deed. Some hackers have become so far advanced that they are using viruses that fool computers into giving away the user’s security information.
Kaspersky Lab’s virus analyst Victor Chebyshev warned that attacks are expected to grow in 2014. The top five countries that have received the most attacks so far are Russia (40%), India (8%), Vietnam (4%), Ukraine (4%) and Britain (3%).
To protect your smartphone or tablet from attacks, here are some basic tips:
1. Install banking apps taken only from official app stores.
2. Store sensitive information in your phone’s internal memory.
3. Encrypt your SD Cards and use a strong password.
4. Lock your screen with a PIN.
5. Install a trustworthy anti-malware programme.