Geography plays a significant role when assessing the potential security risk of connecting to the internet with a mobile device. But how significant is that role? Intuition might tell us that there must be a correlation between location and mobile attacks, but until today there was no simple way to test that hypothesis. A security-aware person might ask himself a few questions:
- While traveling, should I wait until I reach the hotel before connecting to wi-fi, or can I connect at the Airport?
- Is it OK to check my email at a neighbourhood coffee shop wi-fi, or should I prefer a public wi-fi provider?
- Am I safe right now?
At SEP Mobile, we’ve been leveraging the power of our Crowd Wisdom Engine to provide proactive security to SEP Mobile protected devices. We’ve now decided to release our insights in a publically accessible tool, to give the general public access to this information.
With more than 100,000 incidents identified in more than 30 countries, we believe this tool can be of great value for security researchers, reporters, bloggers etc.
So, are you safe?
Security, like many other things in life, boils down to cost. Even the most security-aware person may lower his guard in certain situations where the price gets too high. One place this often happens is at airports. Nothing like a large group of tired people in a hurry to ensure that someone will fall for a mobile attack.
While analysing our map around airports, it became very clear that hackers are aware of this. Airports are in fact one of the main locations where you should expect to be attacked while connecting to a public wi-fi network.
Another location where your risk of being compromised gets higher is a big city center. We found that in almost every large city, there’s a concentration of security threats around the city center. The more popular the place, the higher the chance of becoming a victim of a mobile attack.
A lot of interesting insights can be drawn from the map. I invite you to try it out. In its current version, it will show you the 10 closest security threats that were found around your search, you can even subscribe to receive alerts on new incidents in your area!
Our map gives you visibility of threats and their locations. If you want to know whether your employees are under such threats, and want to get automatic protection against them, feel free to try our product. Download SEP Mobile.