Why mobile security for Android is a must

Mobility is here to stay - on different platforms.

Author: Eija Paajanen
Date: 19.03.2015
Read Time: 2 Minutes

Mobility is here to stay. And with the new mobile way of life, and the increasing number of devices, unfortunately so is mobile malware. In 2014, the amount of mobile malware increased by a devastating 75%. And Android is still the primary target for cybercrime attacks on mobile platforms. 15 million mobile devices are infected with malware, and most of them are running Android.

Android is still globally the most popular operating system  for mobiles. And, consequently, the biggest target for most mobile threats. The amount of Android malware is actually skyrocketing. We have not seen the worst yet…

Many Android vulnerabilities mainly affect the older operating systems, which is critical as there are no security patches available. With over 60% of Android devices running on version 4.3 or older, this is no small problem.

Dmitriy Viktorov from F-Secure Corporate Business Security explains: Lately, the so called WebView vulnerability has become a big security problem especially for mobile devices running the old Android OS. Some experts consider WebView and the fact that there are no patches from Google more critical than Windows XP problems.

The WebView vulnerability could be exploited to compromise apps that run on the old Android code. Cybercriminals could tamper or steal data such as cookies and passwords.

Mobile ransomware is one of the key reasons for the increasing number of attacks on mobile platforms. This set-up, where your device is locked until you pay a ransom, is highly profitable for cyber criminals.

This alone is reason enough to use proper mobile security software. Of course, with your data being much more valuable than the device itself, antitheft, browsing protection, and other basic mobile security features are a must if you want to keep your business secure.

The easiest way to improve online business security and avoid risks could often be to update to the latest operating system, but this is far easier said than done.

If updating Android or purchasing a new mobile device is not an option, then using a mobile security software is a must. We have just launched version 9.3 of Mobile Security for businesses. It comes with a fully redesigned application user interface, an interactive home screen that indicates the features and their status, and a Safe Browser that now scans downloaded files automatically.

The prediction is that the next thing you will need to pay for is your online privacy. Already now, well-informed companies would be ready to pay to keep their employees’ private information truly private. That’s why we are working hard to bring you our next-generation privacy solution – Freedome for Business, which will complement our Protection Service for Business offering.

The added benefit of using Mobile Security and Freedome for Business is that they also give better visibility to companies about their mobile fleet and the Android versions used in their organizations. Freedome for Business also provides safe WiFi, which in today’s mobile working environment is almost a must.

 


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