The total amount of known mobile malware has risen dramatically. From 2010 to 2011, Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center identified a 155 percent increase in threats to mobile devices. However, no other category of mobile security threats is growing as quickly as Spyware.
In fact, in the first three months of 2012, Spyware targeting mobile devices has doubled. To put this in perspective, Juniper has discovered nearly the same amount of Spyware from January to March of 2012 as we have in the last eight years combined.
While it is common knowledge that Spyware exists on laptops and personal computers, many do not realize it is possible for Spyware to reside on a tablet or smartphone and steal sensitive personal, professional and financial information – all without the user’s knowledge.
For mobile devices, Spyware predominantly comes in two forms:
Today, people are downloading more mobile applications than ever before. However, according to the findings from Juniper’s Trusted Mobility Index, the majority of mobile users are not taking the necessary precautions to ensure these applications are secure.
The report found that less than half of mobile users are reading the terms and conditions before initiating an application download, manually setting data security features and settings for applications or researching applications to ensure they are trustworthy.
And as people increasingly bring their personal devices into the workplace, this creates a major risk for business.
Spyware discovered to-date has the ability to:
This unique mix of rapidly growing Spyware-laden applications, pervasive mobile-device usage and lack of security controls impacts every type of user, company and government agency.
To protect against this threat, Juniper recommends:
For additional information on Spyware and other mobile security threats, go to www.Juniper.net/Security.
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