Mobile devices introduce a number of new security concerns for organizations. In this guest post, Katherine Switzer outlines a few of the biggest Android security threats IT managers should be aware of.
A cell phone is a complete personal device that must be secured with all outside and inside security risks and when it is an Android phone, the chances of security threats increase. There are various Andoid apps that remain at risk if not protected with sufficient measures.
A smartphone isn’t just a phone — it’s a portal to an online word with numerous social networks, mailing accounts, PIN numbers, credit card numbers and other confidential information. Therefore there are numerous security risks that need to be protected and countered.
These are some Android’s most dangerous security risks:
1. Limited lock setup
Android phone’s first security threat is its limited locking setup. The smart phone lock is the first way to secure the phone from being accessed by unauthorized people, but Android devices often get unlocked easily by unknown users as well. A person, who wants to monitor a targeted phone, does not even need an Android spyware, because the lock is enough to get the access. However, android spyware come up advanced features that allow a way closer insight of the user’s life through its monitoring.
2. No built-in backup
IPhones are backed up by a cloud system, this system enables the users to retain the loss even if he loses the data in the phone. But android does not have any backup, apps are available to be installed manually. Android phones are not managed via desktop sync and this is the great drawback which adds to the security risk.
3. Unsafe Internet surfing
The other most irritating risk of Android phones is the unsafe surfing – there is no option to allow only secure sites. Users need to install the app themselves, because there is no built-in app that secures the browsing on internet.
4. No permissions for downloading apps
Like every standard operating system, the Android phone system does not request permissions for all the installed apps. Most of the apps are downloaded directly to the device without any precautionary notice.
5. Corrupted anti-malware apps
Another security risk comes from anti-malware apps that are not actuallyanti-malware apps. These apps are themselves the viruses, disguised as security tools to trick users into downloading them.
6. Confined Phone Control
With a limited control, Android phones offer limited security management that does not let the user customize the settings and manage it accordingly.
About the author: Kathrine is a 31-year-old technology writer who loves to follow Android news. She enjoys writing about security, privacy, mobile apps especially Android spy apps as a hobby. She has contributed to various technology websites for 3+ years. You can connect with her on Google+