Mobile Malware

What is Mobile Malware?

Mobile Malware is a breed of malware specifically intended to run on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Thousands of types of mobile malware have been discovered since late 2010, with researchers having discovered more malicious apps for Android than iOS. Aside from what’s targeted, mobile malware is similar to traditional malware in that it is meant to steal sensitive information from users.

How to Recognize This Threat: Infected devices will use abnormally large amounts of data, drain batteries, have unusual popups, and have unexplained charges on the monthly bill.

How to Prevent This Threat: Just as computer users should exercise caution when web browsing and opening emails, mobile users should only download apps from verified sources, avoiding file sharing sites. If you have mobile devices as part of your organization, ensure your network is protected with a firewall solution that includes a security services subscription. Shop our Promos to get a Sophos or SonicWall firewall free with a subscription. And be sure to include endpoint protection.