It is amazing how much we trust our smartphones. Think about all the things you have stored in your little device and everything you access through it: private photos, emails, bank account information, credit cards, social security, text messages, social media accounts… Your whole life is in there, so you have to protect it.
With the popularity that smartphones have achieved in the last decade, they have become the most appealing target for hackers among all electronic devices. Especially now that a considerable amount of transactions are made through mobile devices.
In the United States alone, more than 1.4% of all mobile devices have been infected with ransomware, a specific form of malware used by black hat hackers to extort money from users. In case you don’t know that term, there are three types of hackers:
white hat hackers (ethical hackers that exploit security networks legally and disclose every vulnerability to the company they are working with), grey hat hackers (exploit systems illegally without any malicious intent), and black hat hackers (the common criminals who commit cybercrimes for their own personal gain).
Here are 7 behaviors that can make your smartphone vulnerable to a cyberattack.