Nearly 2% of all smartphones are either already compromised or high risk
A staggering 2% of the entire smartphone population may be compromised or undergoing an attack according to a new
Mobile Security Threat Report Q3 2015 by Skycure. This shocking discovery was made by Skycure through millions of mobile security tests conducted from July 2015 through September 2015. We analyzed a breadth of devices, both personal and enterprise managed, gathering thousands of data points to determine mobile security threat scores.
Our analysis of threat scores helped us to understand that 41% of smartphones are classified with at least a medium-risk score (on the Skycure risk scale). In other words, 4 out of 10 phones are at risk of being compromised.
We see that user behavior is the #1 cause behind risky devices. We hope to educate users about the risks and the ways to avoid them via this quarterly mobile security threat report.
Risky user behavior findings included:
- A majority of mobile phones have no passcode (52%).
- One in three Android devices is still vulnerable to one of the recent high-profile Android attacks that can infiltrate an out-of-date mobile operating system.
- Twenty-six percent of iOS devices also have an out-of-date operating system.
- 27% of the Android phones have 3rd-party app installation enabled, allowing any untested, uncertified, and untrusted apps to be installed.
- Rooting is also major problem with personal phones being rooted 5x more than enterprise-managed devices.
- Fifteen percent of Android phones have USB debug mode enabled, which exposes them to high risk of becoming infected as soon as they connect to a compromised PC for charging or syncing.
Top 5 tips to ensure your phones don’t get attacked next:
- Set up a lock password
- Update your phone to the latest available OS by your device manufacturer/carrier
- Don’t root your phone unless you know how to secure your device
- Disable USB debug mode
- Delete and disable 3rd-party uncertified apps
- Download a mobile security app on your phone
We also recommend reading the latest blog on how to protect your phones by not connecting to Free Wi-Fi networks that you don’t trust.
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