The FBI has issued a warning of malware attacking Android mobile OS (operating systems). The two latest versions that the bureau has become aware of are Loozfon and FinFisher.
Loozfon is information-stealing malware that can infect your mobile device OS by the user clicking on the wrong link, allowing access to your phone. The infected device allows the malicious application to steal details from the user's contact list along with the device's mobile number.
FinFisher is spyware that can allow a criminal to remotely access your phone no matter where the infected device is. The spy-ware gains access to your phone when you open a specific web link or text message that poses as a system update.
Health Care workers who use their mobile devices for practice related functions pose a risk to their own privacy, as well as any patients whose information may be stored on their phone. Accessing online accounts and portals can expose credentials and passwords to these criminals posing an even deeper threat.
Our Experts have a few great safety tips to lower your risk of exposure:
- Enable OS encryption on your device (not available on all versions)
- Review and understand permissions you are granting applications you download.
- Enable password locks on your phone.
- Close applications and browsing sessions when you are done.
- Install malware protection on your device. Look for applications that specialize in antivirus and file security.
- Consider installing an application that allows you to wipe the device if it is lost or stolen.
- Carefully inspect applications looking for geo-locate permissions.
- Do not connect to unknown wireless networks.
- Make sure your OS is update.
- Avoid clicking on unknown links.
- If you store or transmit sensitive data, look into encrypted and secure messaging options.
For more great tips, check out Dexcomm's Safety Checklist for Mobile Devices.