Smartphone malware is on the rise, here's what to watch out for

There’s been a surge in mobile malware attacks as cyber criminals ramp up their attempts to deliver malicious text messages and applications to users in order to steal sensitive information including passwords and bank details. 

Cybersecurity researchers at Proofpoint say they detected a 500% jump in attempted mobile malware attacks during the first few months of 2022, with significant peaks at the beginning and end of February. 

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The main aim of a substantial proportion of mobile malware is to steal usernames and passwords for email or bank accounts, but many forms of mobile malware are also equipped with invasive snooping capabilities to record audio and video, track your location, or even wipe your content and data. As mobile malware evolves, more attacks are employing these advanced capabilities. 

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Both Apple and Android smartphones are targets for cyber criminals, but researchers note that the more open nature of the Android marketplace and the ability to download apps from third-party app stores makes devices using Google’s operating system more vulnerable to being compromised. 

Users of both Apple and Android smartphones can also find themselves the victim of SMS phishing (smishing) attacks, which sees

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