As smartphone usage has grown, more and more people are keeping a ton of personal and financial information right on their phones. This is a hacker’s paradise since it offers a wealth of information.
Hackers are finding ways to exploit people to get access to everything they need. Even though Apple, Android, and Google take steps to improve security on their devices, hackers aren’t attempting to exploit those vulnerabilities as much.
Sure, some still try to find a way to get past security patches, encryption, and so on. Yet, they have found a new and easier way to get access to your smartphone without having to spend countless hours looking for a “backdoor” into the device.
Hacking into a person’s smartphone is like a free-access pass into their entire world. Hackers can find out where you live, learn about your friends and family, and get access to your credit cards, bank accounts, and more.
They are doing this by creating new types of malware that people download right onto their phones. The new malware being created by hackers mimics actual apps. People download the app onto their phone.
When they open it, the app will ask for permissions to photos, location, audio, and other such things. People unsuspecting anything is wrong with the app, agree to allow access. After all, other apps ask the same things and are common with apps today.
Sadly, when they give permission, they have just given the hacker what they needed to get into the phone. Now, the hacker can access the device and do whatever malicious thing they intended.
How Do These Fake Apps Get Onto Smartphones?
Both the Apple Store and Google Play are very protective in keeping fake malware apps out of their marketplaces. Yet, it is entirely different when shopping for apps through third-party sites.
Hackers also advertise their fake apps on various sites. For example, Facebook’s WhatsApp was one such targeted fake app. Hackers advertised their version was more secure than the original. People would click the ad link to be directed to a third-party app store.
Next, they would download the app, thinking it was better because it was more secure. Sadly, they had just downloaded a malware app. Hackers now had access to their phones.
In order to protect your smartphone, never download apps from third-party sources. It is also a good idea to review what permissions you have given apps on your phone and limit what ones you do give them.
Most importantly, make sure you are downloading and installing all smartphone operating system updates. It is equally important to remember no device is 100% safe from hackers. You should always take precautions to keep the data on your smartphone safe and secure.
If you have a non-working smartphone or other storage devices with data on it that you want to try to recover, please feel free to contact Taking It Mobile at 888.877.5002 (888-Call-TIM) today!