Android may grab all of the mobile malware headlines, but that’s not to say that other mobile platforms aren’t at risk as well. In fact, mobile security awareness by consumers and businesses tends to focus on the threats that stem from malicious, device-specific apps, downloaded from an app store. But the full security picture is broader than that.
Recent research on the top 2013 mobile malware trends from Cisco TRAC/SIO and Sourcefire showed that malware targeting specific devices made up just 1.2% of all web malware encounters in 2013. It’s a small percentage of the overall pie of course, but it’s also the fastest-growing.
Out of that, 99% of all encounters that are meant to compromise specific devices target Android devices. Trojans targeting Java Micro Edition (J2ME)-capable devices held the second spot in 2013, with 0.84% of all mobile malware encounters. Not all mobile malware is designed to target specific devices, however. Many encounters involve phishing, likejacking, or other social engineering ruses, or forcible redirects to websites.
“Smartphones are becoming an essential part of modern life and the web browser is one of the most popular features,” said Victor Yablokov, head of the mobile product line at Kaspersky Lab. “People use them for all sorts of things. However, even the most tech-savvy web user may sometimes struggle to distinguish fake sites from the real thing.”
Kaspersky Lab is looking to safeguard Microsoft devices from fraudulent and inappropriate sites with a new Kaspersky Safe Browserfor Windows Phone app. The free app is meant to safeguard web surfing on smartphones running Microsoft’s mobile OS, known as Windows Phone.
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