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Surviving the cyberstorm: A practical guide to 2024 mobile security

In an era where mobile devices are an integral part of our daily operations in business, the evolving landscape of cyber threats poses significant risks to our digital well-being in corporate environments. As we step into 2024, the sophistication and frequency of cyber attacks targeting organisations have reached unprecedented levels. This blog explores the most prominent cyber threats within organisations in 2024 and offers insights on how users can safeguard their smartphones from these ever-evolving dangers.

With each passing year, cyber threats have become more sophisticated and widespread. From ransomware attacks to phishing scams, malicious actors are finding innovative ways to exploit vulnerabilities in our digital lives. As individuals, businesses, and governments become more interconnected, the potential for cyber threats to cause significant damage has escalated.

Cyber threats to look out for in 2024 

1. Mobile malware onslaught

Malicious software targeting mobile devices, commonly known as mobile malware, continues to be a major concern in 2024. Cybercriminals employ a variety of tactics to trick users into downloading infected apps or clicking on malicious links, leading to the compromise of sensitive information, unauthorised access, and even financial loss. 

Prevention Tips:

– Only download apps from official app stores.

– Protect your device as if it were a computer.

– Don’t use consumer messaging apps for business communications. 

– Regularly update your device’s operating system and apps.

– Install a reputable secure communications app for real-time protection.

2. Phishing attacks on mobile platforms

According to the IBM Security X-Force report, phishing was identified as the primary infection vector in 41% of cybersecurity incidents over the course of 2023. Phishing attacks have become more sophisticated, and mobile platforms are not exempt from these threats. Cybercriminals use deceptive emails, messages, or fake websites to trick users into divulging personal information, such as login credentials or financial details. 

Prevention Tips:

– Be cautious of unsolicited messages and emails.

– Verify the authenticity of links before clicking.

– Use security features like two-factor authentication whenever possible.

3. Ransomware targeting mobile devices

While ransomware has been a menace for desktops, over recent years it has extended its reach to mobile devices which we will only see an increase of as we move further into the year and further. Mobile ransomware encrypts files or locks users out of their devices, demanding payment for the restoration of access or data.

Prevention Tips:

– Backup your data regularly to a secure cloud or external storage.

– Avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading unknown attachments.

– Install reputable security software to detect and prevent ransomware attacks.

4. Insecure Wi-Fi networks and man-in-the-middle attacks

Estimates show that 35% of exploitation activity involves man-in-the middle attacks. Public Wi-Fi networks remain vulnerable points for cyber attacks, particularly with the rise of man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. In 2024, it will come as no surprise that attackers will continue to intercept and manipulate data transmitted over unsecured Wi-Fi via mobile devices, compromising sensitive information if not protected.

Prevention Tips:

– Avoid connecting to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks.

– Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to secure and encrypt data transmission.

– Disable automatic Wi-Fi connectivity to prevent connecting to unknown networks.

5. Device and app vulnerabilities exploitation

As mobile devices become more sophisticated, so do the potential vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals exploit weaknesses in both device operating systems and third-party applications to gain unauthorised access, steal data, or compromise the device’s functionality.

Prevention Tips:

– Keep your device and apps updated with the latest security patches.

– Enable automatic updates to ensure prompt installation of security fixes.

– Regularly review app permissions and limit access to sensitive information.

– Only use a corporate or organisational secure communications system to communicate sensitive information. 

Secure Communications as a defence mechanism 

One of the most effective ways to shield ourselves from cyber threats is by adopting secure communication practices. With a closed secure communications system like Salt Communications, no data is stored on our network and all communications are encrypted. Organisations should always be in total control of their communications and have full visibility. By having this control it means organisations have complete management on who gets invited to the system, who those users can talk to while on the system, setting up rules for data storage and retention, and arranging for any other integrations that might be necessary. Whether it’s messages, calls or group chats, implementing secure communication protocols is essential to maintaining privacy and security. 

As we navigate our way into 2024, staying informed and adopting proactive security measures is crucial. The threat landscape is dynamic, but with vigilance and the right precautions through the use of a closed and controlled secure communication platform, along with other preventive measures, organisations can mitigate the risks associated with cyber threats targeting mobile devices. 

By incorporating these prevention tips into your digital routine, you can fortify your mobile devices against the ever-evolving challenges posed by cybercriminals. Stay informed, stay secure, and embrace a safer digital future for your organisations mobile devices in 2024 and beyond. 

To sign up for a free trial or demo of Salt Communications contact us on info@saltcommunications.com or visit our website at https://saltcommunications.com/.

Discover why your organisation should consider Salt as a secure communications method.  

About Salt Communications

Salt Communications is a multi-award winning cyber security company providing a fully enterprise-managed software solution giving absolute privacy in mobile communications. It is easy to deploy and uses multi-layered encryption techniques to meet the highest of security standards. Salt Communications offers ‘Peace of Mind’ for Organisations who value their privacy, by giving them complete control and secure communications, to protect their trusted relationships and stay safe. Salt Communications is headquartered in Belfast, N. Ireland, for more information https://saltcommunications.com/       

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