In post-PC era, special security considerations needed
With the rise of tablet computers and smartphones, many cybercriminals are turning their attention away from traditional PCs and instead are creating malware and other threats specifically for mobile devices.
As technology news provider eWeek reports, there are several factors playing into this growth of mobile cyberthreats, including a lack of security applications, vulnerability of cloud services and social networks and, often, simple user ignorance. Another major aspect is the fact that mobile devices are becoming more popular in the enterprise.
"Seeing a potential cash windfall, cybercriminals are pouncing. Make no mistake, the enterprise’s shift to the web and mobile is having a profound impact on cybercriminals doing the same," writes eWeek's Don Reisigner.
There are moves a tablet or smartphone user can make to protect against such threats. At the moment, mobile-specific malware still pales in comparison to that designed for traditional PCs. Installing antivirus software is a good start, and staying informed about cybercrime trends is another way to effectively protect one's devices. Experts also recommend tablet and smartphone users embrace cybersecurity early in order to form good habits.