Today's smartphones contain a wealth of personal data that hackers would love to take advantage of. Encrypting your device scrambles the data so it becomes indecipherable by anyone trying to steal it.
Data protection can help safeguard your information if it's stolen, but there are some things you should be aware of. These threats include identity theft, malware and service disruption.
?What Is Identity Theft Snd Is It Dangerous
Identity theft occurs when someone obtains your personal information – such as your name, Social Security number or bank account info – and uses it for fraud or other crimes. It could also damage your credit score or cause changes in it over time.
Thieves may gain access to your financial details by using stolen identity to open new accounts, make purchases or take out loans in your name. They could also use personal information for medical treatment, filing tax returns and applying for government benefits in your name.
Cellphone ID fraud is an increasingly prevalent issue. Criminals can "port your phone line," "SIM swapping," and other methods to steal your existing mobile service for their own use.
You can thwart some cellphone ID fraud attempts by setting up a PIN code directly with your mobile carrier. This will enable customer service representatives to confirm your identity before making changes to your account.
?Why Is There Malware
Malware is software designed to cause disruption on computer systems or networks, leak private information, and deny users their computing resources. It may also be employed to spy on people, collect personal data, or demand payment from them.
Cybercriminals often utilize malware to target cell phones due to the popularity of mobile communication. They can gain access to a user's device through phishing, infected files, system vulnerabilities, USB drives and malicious websites.
Common types of malware include viruses, worms, spyware, ransomware and Trojans. Some of these threats can even steal mobile phone data and send it to a remote server.
Though desktop environments remain a prime target for hackers, the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies and mobile device usage has presented malicious actors with new avenues. Bank trojans in particular pose an increasing danger as they allow cybercriminals to steal financial login and password details.
?What Are Service Disruptions
Cyber attackers prioritize protecting data transmitted between your cell phone and its network. They use your cell phone as a digital passport to gain access to personal details like family photos, passwords and more, all with malicious intent. Cell phone encryption provides essential protection against this kind of attack.
The Internet ecosystem of applications, services and physical infrastructure is becoming increasingly interconnected and fragile. When one point of failure goes down, it can cause widespread service interruptions for everyone else.
Disruptive events, from the user's perspective, are typically classified into one of several types of problems: from minor disruption or degradation to major incidents. Unfortunately, these boundaries can be misleading and it is essential to consider all forms of disruptive events as they impact your business operations.
No matter the type of disruption, Ex Libris works to detect and avoid it as much as possible. It has implemented comprehensive procedures and processes that enable it to proactively identify, avoid, respond to, and mitigate any potential issues in the cloud environment.
?What Are Security Breaches
Hackers can gain access to your phone through a number of methods, including phishing (sending spam messages or emails), brute force attacks (guessing password combinations until they succeed), and physical access.
Hacking is a criminal act that can be carried out for many reasons, such as accessing private information and details about the company you work for. Other motivations might include corporate espionage or nation-state hacking campaigns.
Hackers come in many forms, from black hats to grey hats and script kiddies. Each has their own distinct motivations and approaches.
Black hat hackers are professionals who identify and exploit vulnerabilities in computer systems for financial gain or malicious intent. They also break into other organizations for illegal activities like stealing trade secrets or interfering with corporate activities.
Gray hat hackers fall somewhere in between black and white hat hackers, breaking into computer systems without authorization to identify weaknesses and reveal them to the system owner. While some of these individuals work for law enforcement agencies, others simply enjoy learning and practicing their trade.