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Are you familiar with threats associated with mobile applications? (Part 2)
Are you familiar with threats associated with mobile applications? (Part 2)
Written by Susan
Updated over a week ago

In the previous article, we highlighted the range of threats individuals face and introduced steps for bolstering security. In this article, we delve deeper into these threats, exploring ways to mitigate risks effectively.

Remote Access Trojan(RAT)

Remote Access Trojan(RAT) is a malware an attacker uses to gain full administrative privileges and remote control of a target device. Remote Access Trojans grants attackers an array of capabilities for controlling compromised devices. Its features encompass:

  1. Remote Control: RAT empowers attackers to exert complete control over infected devices from a distance. This includes accessing files, executing commands, and manipulating device functionalities.

  2. Data Theft: RAT allows attackers to pilfer personal information, including contacts, messages, call logs, and stored files.

  3. Key loggers: RAT has the capability to record keystrokes, capturing sensitive data such as passwords and login credentials.

  4. Camera and Microphone Access: RAT can activate device cameras and microphones, enabling surreptitious monitoring and audio/video recording.

  5. GPS Tracking: RAT can tap into a device's GPS functionality to track its physical location.

  6. SMS and Call Management: RAT can intercept and send SMS messages, as well as manage incoming and outgoing calls.

An illustrative case of a Remote Access Trojan is 'CypherRat', a recent malware that targets Android users, ultimately compromising the security of their devices.

Mobile Application Vulnerabilities

Beyond RAT, other threats exist:

  1. Data Leakage: Mobile applications can inadvertently leak user data due to security vulnerabilities or malicious code. This might encompass login credentials, personal info, or financial data.

  2. Fake Apps: Attackers can craft seemingly legitimate mobile apps that, in reality, aim to steal user data or introduce malware.

  3. Device Loss or Theft: When devices are lost or stolen, attackers can access application data if it lacks robust passwords or encryption.

  4. Unauthorized Access: Mobile applications are susceptible to unauthorized access, enabling attackers to breach the application and its data without proper authorization.

  5. Insecure Storage: Some apps store sensitive data on devices themselves, making it accessible to thieves or hackers.

To safeguard your mobile device against such threats, follow these security best practice

  1. Keep Software Up to Date: Regularly update your mobile device's operating system, apps, and security software to patch known vulnerabilities.

  2. Download Apps from Trusted Sources: Only obtain apps from official stores like the Google Play Store (Android) or Apple App Store (iOS). Disable the "Install Unknown Apps" option in settings.

  3. Mindful App Permissions: Exercise caution when granting app permissions. Provide only essential permissions and avoid apps asking for unnecessary access.

  4. Beware of Suspicious Links: Steer clear of dubious links or downloads from untrusted sources—particularly from emails, texts, or social media. Be cautious with in-app ads leading to third-party sites.

  5. Regularly Review App Permissions: Periodically review permissions and uninstall unused apps to reduce vulnerability.

  6. Prudent Mobile Payments: Utilize trusted payment apps and protect payment information.

  7. Employ Antivirus Software: Install updated anti-virus/anti-malware apps for detection and removal of threats.

  8. Stay Well-Informed: Take the time to empower yourself with knowledge about mobile security from trustworthy sources. These resources offer valuable insights into the latest threats and the most effective practices to keep yourself secure.

    Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for educational purposes and is general in nature. It should not be considered as legal, consulting, or any other professional advice. While we have taken precautions to ensure the content of this article is current and accurate, development and/or changes may occur from time-to-time; hence, you should not rely solely on this information. Any reliance you place on such information is, therefore, strictly at your own risk, and in no event, Funding Societies will be liable for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this information.

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