Mobile cybersecurity threats are on the rise, as hackers keep finding new ways to target users and steal their data. According to a 2018 Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec, in 2017 24,000 malicious mobile apps were blocked each day.

Malware and various other threats keep popping up around every corner, so you need to be aware of them. Here are the most common mobile cybersecurity threats you should watch out for.

Data Leakage

Data leakage usually happens through mobile apps that seem safe but are hiding malicious software. If you happen to install such a mobile app, cybercriminals could steal your sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, phone number, and credit card details.

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are the most common threat to smartphone users these days. According to a Cofense report, phishing emails are responsible for 91% of cyber attacks.

Mobile users are more vulnerable than desktop users because they’re often the first to check their emails and click through. Phishing emails seem legitimate, but contain links that either lead to malicious websites or install malware on the device. What’s concerning is that the users aren’t usually aware of the malware.

Network Spoofing

Network spoofing refers to hackers targeting users through fake access points that look like WiFi connections. This is why public WiFi can be dangerous because you don’t really know if your connection will truly be secure.

As a matter of fact, connections over public WiFi are never entirely secure, because they’re not encrypted. Hackers could easily intercept your connection, and steal your information, or install malware on your device.

How to Avoid Cybersecurity Threats?

Cybersecurity attacks happen because users don’t take certain precautions on time. Don’t fall victim to these attacks, but take the necessary steps for avoiding them. Here are the most important you should consider.

Use Strong Passwords

This is the most crucial step to take. Strong passwords that no one can easily guess are a must. Combine numbers, symbols, and both upper- and lower-case letters, and never use any personal information. Most importantly, never use the same password twice, and be sure to change them regularly.

Use two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of security, and consider using a password manager. A password manager has only one master password for all your other passwords. If anyone happens to crack it, it will instantly generate new passwords to prevent them from accessing your accounts.

Install Antivirus Software

Antivirus software will protect your device and personal information. It will detect any potential malware, and block it instantly. If there are some flaws in your passwords or anything else, it will also notify you to help you enhance your security.

Install Apps Only from Official Stores

Refrain from installing apps from unofficial sources, no matter how tempting it may be. Only use the App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store (Android) to install every app you want to use.

Even then, be smart and don’t give too many permissions. It an app asks for more permissions than is necessary, move along. You don’t want to risk it and install an app that collects data about you or turns out to be packing some kind of malware.

Get a VPN

Installing a Virtual Private Network on your mobile device is the best way to protect it. It’s the most effective way to avoid potential cybersecurity threats, and keep all of your sensitive data safe and secure.

A VPN encrypts all of your internet connections, keeping your IP address and online activity completely hidden. That way, it prevents anyone from accessing your accounts, sending you phishing scams, or installing malware on your device.

It also keeps you safe when you use public WiFi, precisely because it encrypts your connection. Therefore, you won’t fall victim to network spoofing, or any other security threat, when you’re on the go.

Mobile cybersecurity threats can wreak havoc on your life if you’re not careful. Follow these tips, and be sure to explore other common threats, so that you can be on the lookout and effectively avoid them all.