With over 4 billion smartphones in the world, and 66% of them being owned by young adults, we need to be aware of what high risk mobile apps can do. Did you know that people already value their smartphones more than their wallets? According to Unisys, it currently takes 26 hours for the average person to report a lost wallet, but only 68 minutes to report a lost phone.
What can high risk mobile apps do?
- 81% steal your phone number to sell to advertisers
- 67% push unwanted ads and notifications that clutter your phone
- 43% capture your device ID to potentially hack your phone
- 37% place unwanted icons on your phone trying to trick you into downloading unwanted apps
With global malware and viruses on the rise by 580% in 2012, you need to make sure to always read and consider the permissions you grant mobile apps.
I also recommend that you download an Antivirus and mobile security app like TrustGo, Webroot, Lookout, or Sophos to protect against high risk mobile apps. They can add a layer of security by scanning your phone and SD card to find and remove the malicious content.
Check out this great infographic by TrustGo that shares some great facts about high risk mobile apps and how you can protect yourself from data and privacy attacks.