Mobile Devices: A Hacker’s Paradise

By Krystal Rennie / Adlumin, Inc.

Mobile devices may not be your first thought when you hear of cyberattacks. However, the somewhat frightening reality is that mobile devices are the perfect recipe for disaster when it comes to being targets. Did you know that 40% of mobile devices are prone to cyberattacks, according to Digital Information World? Shocking, right? It makes you think twice about how you maneuver through your mobile device experience. The general assumption is that mobile devices are secure if the proper security measures are taken, but as you can see from the stat above, that is simply not the case.

Hackers and Mobile Devices

We know that hackers are always looking for new victims. However, the unanswered question remains, why do hackers love mobile devices? Well, below are a few reasons:

  1. Easy Target: It only takes a hacker gaining access to one mobile device to bring down your entire organization. Mobile security is a struggle for most businesses because they do not realize how easy it is for hackers to penetrate a device. As employee mobility has increased drastically over the past year, hackers have more opportunities to seek vulnerable users who are not connected to a secure network, do not have a password, etc.
  2. One-Stop-Shop: Hackers know that once they gain access to your mobile device, they can access corporate data from your email, attachments, and applications that enable you to do your job remotely. The scary thing about all of this is that hackers know exactly where to find and download your sensitive data.
  3. Information Overload: Hackers know that people are consumed by information overload while using their mobile devices. According to a recent Forbes article, “with so many emails being read via a mobile device these days, it’s a target-rich environment to steal credentials and passwords. And the fact that mobile users are dealing with a smaller screen is often distracted due to multitasking and can’t see a URL bar that might alert them to something suspicious makes them more vulnerable than they would be at the office on a laptop.”

Changing the Narrative

The hard truth is hackers will not slow down anytime soon. In efforts to change the narrative, we must outsmart cybercriminals. Luckily for us, cybersecurity awareness has made prioritizing safety more manageable than ever before. There are many ways hackers can attack mobile devices, and every device poses a threat to your business. Investing in your organization’s security landscape is the first step. You then must actively prioritize your network’s health and make a steady commitment to educating and equipping your IT team with tools, programs, training, and much more. The moral of the story here is: never get complacent; hackers feed off vulnerability. 

To learn more about Mobile security, read our previous blog post, “The Dangers of Mobile Devices in a Remote World.”