Mobile Cybersecurity – A Concise Overview Of 8 Important Threats

Ajay Ohri


As civilization evolved towards the way of development, it also evolved some threat along its way. Every wonderful innovation of men, ab-initio brought its own threats along with it, and the mobile phone is no exception to this. Mobile cybersecurity is a major concern nowadays.

To be honest, the mobile phone actually knows more about us than we know about ourselves. And if these data is breached, the outcome could be vandalising. The prominent threats to be considered seriously when it comes to mobile security are:

1.    Mobile Data Leak

Mobile contains data of everything from our daily habits to our credit card details, and if this data is breached, the devastation can be pretty large. Most of the time, the data is leaked from your phone without your knowledge, thanks to modern advancements that have provided us with many tools to prevent the same.

2.    Wi-Fi obtrusion

The cellular data we get is not free of cost. So it’s the natural instinct of every person to jump into open Wi-Fi connection whenever available in public. And trust me, this can be the most dangerous thing you could be doing. Without using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), you could be keeping the doors to access your phone open. And choosing the right company VPN is also not an easy task.

3.    Social Engineering

When we have a phone in our hand, and if suddenly a notification appears, it’s natural to see what it is. And if that was an email from an unknown person, and knowingly or unknowing if we press on the link provided in the mail, we could be one of the victims of cybercrime in no time. It should be noted that whooping 91% of the cyber-crime begins with email.

4.    Obsolete mobile devices

On the one hand, the new updates are coming on a steady pace, and on the other hand, the old devices are becoming outdated at an equal phase. IoT (Internet of Things) namely tablets, smartphones etc. pose a great security risk if they are not updated with the late available software.

5.    Unhygienic password practises

Till date,”12345” remains as the widely used password. And many people follow the same passwords across their work and personal work. This shows the ease of vulnerability of the data protected by that password. This also means that if a person gets access to one of his accounts, he can easily access the rest. Probably using a password manager can be helpful here.

6.    Crypto-jacking Attacks

As the numbers of security updates are increasing, an equal number of Mobile security threats are being born somewhere else. Crypto-jacking is one of them. It may involve mining the cryptocurrency from others device without their knowledge or consent.

7.    Mobile ad fraud

Though this has large damage to ad publishers, it may also affect mobile data security. Criminals, it may be civil or cyber, both run behind money. Mobile ad fraud refers to generating fake clicks, which is likely to be considered as a click from a legitimate user. This only increases the costs of ad publishers, and their ratio will remain low.

8.    Physical device breaches

A device without strong password protection, when lost, can pose a large scale threat to your personal data, including your private data. The only remedy is keeping our devices on our safe custody and using tools which allow us to erase our data when the device is lost remotely.


Though the invention of the mobile phone was a revolutionary one in human civilisation’s history, it has the potential to be the devastating one by ruining one’s life sometimes. It is better to use trusted company’s mobile security solutions to protect ourselves, at least to an extent.

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