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Software Vulnerabilities Part I: Apps Putting Your Mobile Security At Risk

Who would have thought that an app downloaded from a safe source could still put your mobile security at risk? That’s right, hackers have found another way to reach innocent users. This new method isn’t about creating corrupt apps, but instead by targeting legitimate apps, identifying weaknesses and using them against you, the user.
We are talking about ‘man-in-the-middle’ mobile security attacks on users of legitimate apps. These attacks use Address Resolution Protocol spoofing and rely on hackers’ ability to make your system believe it is communicating with the targeted app, when in actual fact, the hacker is intercepting communications and thereby, accessing your personal content. Most recently, the immensely popular Instagram app for iPhone was targeted. In this case the app was transmitting user content via HTTP in plaintext, which enabled hackers to exploit this vulnerability, resulting in compromised mobile security for Instagram users;  it enabled hackers to edit or access users’ private photos.

With new and more complicated hack attacks out there, how can you protect your mobile security?

1. Your first line of  defence should be BullGuard Mobile Security. This state-of-the-art mobile security suite comes with antivirus and antispyware protection, which combined with the firewall  protects your phone from hackers, prying eyes and network attacks.  And with all of the personal content and bank information you store on your device, you can’t afford not to have the best of the best protecting it.
2. As many app weaknesses are specific to a certain version of an app, it’s important to keep your apps updated to avoid bugs and attacks from cybercriminals.
3. Once content has been released online, it becomes public property and is almost impossible to remove from the internet completely. Keep this in mind when storing documents of an extremely private or personal nature on your phone.

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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