Online activity ramps up during the winter holidays, and in terms of cybersecurity, it can only mean one thing: increased risks that can put an end to your celebrations or travel plans.
One of these risks stems from changes in user behaviors, specifically more engagement with mobile devices and new apps, including:
Installing apps via unknown sources, links in YouTube videos or even from official stores can contain malware or harbor other malicious intents, damaging your device or stealing sensitive data from your mobile device. This may include:
· Adware: unwanted software that, once deployed on a device, begins to display unwanted ads and pop-ups, tracking your online behavior/secretly gathering personal data, infringing on your privacy and damaging your online experience
· Spyware and credential-stealing Trojans: malicious software that can monitor the activity on your mobile devices and steal sensitive information, credit card data and credentials
· Scam apps: can pose as official applications to trick you into giving out your credentials, financial info or other sensitive data
· Ransomware: Fake apps disguised as mobile ransomware that can steal sensitive data, lock your device, and keep your information hostage until you pay a large sum
It’s always better to stay away from third-party app stores and web pages when looking for an application. You don’t want any nefarious software lurking on your device. However, there might be situations where you might have to go for untrusted sources to install your apps, for instance, when the app is in the beta-testing phase. It would be best to take a few precautions to avoid danger in such cases.
Cybercriminals are always stepping up their game. Shouldn’t you?
Bitdefender Mobile Security gives you an easy and smart way to fend off mobile-based threats that can ruin your Christmas. Besides multiple security and privacy perks, you also benefit from an industry first: App Anomaly Detection technology. The feature adds a much-needed extra layer of security to protect you from malicious apps hiding on your device that have yet to exhibit malicious behavior.
It’s a real-time, behavior-based layer of protection added to Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android that immediately detects malicious apps that attempt to evade regular detection by exhibiting latent malicious behavior.
|Without Bitdefender Mobile Security
|With Bitdefender Mobile Security
|You risk your identity and money by downloading apps that may have embedded but dormant malicious features
|You get protection against suspicious apps that may exhibit latent malicious behavior through App Anomaly Detection
|You don’t know whether a link you receive via messages/notifications on your Android device is a phishing attempt or a scam
|You receive instant notifications whenever you receive a malicious link or in messaging apps or notifications system displays on your Android device with Scam Alert
|You’re unaware if the apps on your mobile device are malicious
|Immediately scan your Android phone or tablet to make sure all your apps are safe with On-Demand and On-Install scan features
|You risk falling victim to scammers and phishing websites
|Enhanced web protection against fraudulent web pages you may unwittingly access when browsing
Try Bitdefender Mobile Security to keep you and your money safe this holiday season!