For now, malware issues are fairly rare on smartphones. A recent infection, which was one of the largest, thus far, affected 20,000 to 40,000 smartphones. It’s growing, however, to the tune of 197% from 2012 to 2013.
So, how can you protect your phone? Practicing basic “security hygiene” goes a long way. Create good, strong passwords, only download apps from reputable sources, and treat email on your phone with the same amount of caution as you would on your computer (i.e. not opening suspicious emails or attachments).
Mobile malware: Small numbers, but growing
By Molly Wood, The New York Times
The warning was dire: A small security company revealed a flaw in millions of smartphones that could allow dangerous software to masquerade as a legitimate app and seize control of a phone.
The threat was a big conversation topic at this year’s Black Hat security conference. But after that, we didn’t hear much more about it.
Perhaps that should not be surprising. For some time, computer security companies have been on the lookout for apps meant to do harm to smartphones. But for all the concern, so-called mobile malware has not had much of an impact on regular people. Read more …