Phishing is a method employed in cyberattacks, it dupes users into believing they are engaging with a trusted entity, like a bank or reputable company, aiming to illicitly acquire sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, or social security details. Originating in the 1990s, phishing endures due to its simplicity and scalability. While email was the primary vector until 2017, the rise of smartphones has ushered in more sophisticated tactics, including text messages (Smishing) and QR codes (Quishing).The evolution of phishing involves tactics that closely mimic authentic emails and interfaces, making detection challenging. Furthermore, phishing now targets corporate information in addition to personal data theft, given its heightened value.
Why secure mobile devices against phishing?
Unlike on PCs, where users can hover over links to reveal potential malicious URLs, mobile devices offer less intuitive URL visibility, making attacks less conspicuous. The smaller screen size compounds this issue, making it harder to scrutinize emails for subtle signs of phishing, such as variations in email addresses or discrepancies in website layouts.
Mobile phishing employs various communication channels, including emails, text messages, and QR codes, broadening the attack surface and complicating detection. The widespread use of smartphones for personal and business tasks has made them attractive targets, especially when users perform sensitive activities like banking on these devices.
Mobile phishing extends beyond email-based attacks to include malicious apps. Users may inadvertently download fraudulent apps mimicking legitimate services, leading to the compromise of sensitive information.
Professional protection against phishing
Pradeo, recognized as a Strong Performer in Gartner Peer Insights Voice of the Customer for Mobile Threat Defense, helps secure your devices. Our MTD is integrated with various Unified Endpoint Management providers. Pradeo’s Mobile Threat Defense secures mobile applications, networks, and operating systems. Given that a significant portion of spear-phishing occurs through mobile apps, real-time monitoring is vital. Pradeo’s Mobile Threat Defense neutralizes various phishing attacks, securing the corporate environment against email, SMS, and application-based threats.
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