he number of mobile malware samples in our database has grown exponentially in recent years. It went from 100,000 in 2011 to one million today. Still new, the malware usually have a simple structure but become more sophisticated over time, their goal is to reach a larger number of victims.
The authors of the first computer malware were operating from their garage, these mobile malware from their desktop.
Mobile malware encounter a design similar to computer malware in their infancy with one difference that the first computer malware were created by amateurs and are slowly became profitable during the last decade. Mobile malware on them, even with their simple structure, become profitable from their inception. Contrary to what one might think, the data stored on our smartphones and our tablets are generally much more sensitive than those stored on our computers. Hackers so take the opportunity to strip us of our property by seizing our personal and banking information.
Mobile malware act from multiple sources. They hide in downloaded applications and direct users to infected content. The creators of mobile malware also benefit bugs in mobile operating systems, popular and mobile payment systems applications. In 2013, 60-70% of malware sent text messages to premium users knowledge. The methods of the authors of mobile malware, therefore evolve and become more sophisticated, as and as the industry reacts and does everything possible to counter them.
The new generation mobile malware.
Most elaborate of malware, such as ransomware (rançongiciels) and spyware are increasing. They slowly take control of mobile devices and the number of victims continues to grow, Google recently estimated the number of Android users to one billion. For example, a CryptoLocker so far only met on our computers recently taken hostage several Android devices, claiming to encrypt their files until the user pays the ransom. Mobile spyware, meanwhile, are able to access the personal information of users and then using them to hack their accounts and steal their identity.
Users must understand how their smartphone is precious, not only the object itself, but also the data it contains.
Mobile threats are increasing and likely to reach the scale of those computer malware in 2018. However, while more than a billion new smartphones were distributed last year, only a small percentage of them are currently protected by an antivirus program.
We must act together to make the use of safer mobile devices, whether the industry of mobile security, application stores, mobile operators or users. Therefore Avast strives to protect its users by improving its security solutions both free and paid.
In conclusion, it is for users to protect their devices and their data security programs. It is important to understand that new threats are created each day in order to seize their personal information or their bank details. Therefore, it is essential to protect your smartphone or tablet against cyber criminals, the same way we protect our computers, which are mostly installed antivirus.