Mobile phones are being bombarded by malware and criminal attacks, the report warns
Your smartphone could be at risk from more malware and security threats than ever before, according to a damning new report.
Security researchers have warned that mobile devices are being hit with larger amount of malware than ever before as cyber-criminals switch from targeting PCs.
This means that hackers could be hatching more devious ways to try and steal your details.
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The news comes from the latest Nokia Threat Intelligence Report, released by the Finnish phone maker earlier this week.
The findings discovered a huge rise in mobile malware attacks during 2016, with a nearly 400 percent increase on previous years.
Smartphones were the most-targeted devices in the second half of the year, accounting for 85 percent of all mobile device infections, with connected smart home and other IoT products also hit.
Last October saw malware hit 1.35 percent of all mobile devices – the highest level seen since reporting started in 2012.
Windows PCs actually saw a fall in security attacks last year, the report claimed
Despite Android smartphones remaining the most popular target for criminals, with 81 per cent of all attacks, Apple’s iOS system also saw a major rise in attacks in 2016.
iOS devices were particularly targeted by Spyphone surveillance software that tracks users’ calls, text messages, social media applications, web searches, GPS locations and other activities.
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However the report also revealed some good news, as Windows PC systems saw a fall in infections during the second half of 2016.
The platform saw just 15 per cent of all malware in this time period, a major decline from the 22 per cent recorded in the first half of the year.
Microsoft has pledged a significant focus on security for its Windows-powered products, which will be helped further by the release of Windows 10 Creators Update.
The new Windows Defender Security Centre will ensure that users are protected by default and continuously protected, the company says.
Windows 10 Creators Update also has a new feature which looks to stop the installation of potentially destructive non-Windows apps.