Androids are suffering from yet another mobile security issue that you most definitely should be aware of. What is your first line of defence against cybercriminals and snoopers? Good guess, but no, it’s not BullGuard Mobile Security… it’s your handset’s lock screen. It’s a security measure that should be employed by all to protect your mobile device; in fact, some companies mandate that their employees have their phones on password protection if they have work email on that device, to ensure mobile privacy.
Unfortunately, an Android researcher discovered a bug last week which preys on this safety tool.
As any Android user would know, you can skip the password screen by going over to the emergency call feature on the phone. This is the entry point for cybercriminals bypassing the password protection feature. To clarify, this type of scam only works on Samsung phones. The reason behind this is still being explored. Once through past the lock screen, any and all information within the device can be viewed and copied. Just think of all of the private information you keep stored in your phone – friend’s home addresses, your bank information, emails (work and personal), birthdays and so on – all of which is valuable information for cybercriminals to commit identity fraud.
With approximately 53% of market share owned by Android, this new bug could affect a lot of you, and it’s this popularity that attracts cybercriminals to this mobile operating system.
So what can you do protect yourself?
- Despite cybercriminals working their way around the password lock on your phone, we still recommend utilizing this safety measure. Make sure that your password is unique, in other words don’t use it on other devices or accounts, it’s important to diversify. Explore locking apps such as App Lock and Fingerprint Locks, for additional protection.
- Back up your phone on a regular basis. Losing the information and contacts you have on your phone is extremely inconvenient and unless you have this information backed-up, you will never see it again if you lose or damage your phone.
- Invest in a mobile security software suite that comes with backup and antitheft features, like BullGuard Mobile Security. Phones these days aren’t just phones… they’re really computers that fit in your pocket, that also make phone calls. Just like your computer, they need to be protected.
Android vulnerabilities are important to be aware of. Get BullGuard Mobile Security today to ensure your mobile security remains intact!