Sales of smartphones grew 78% in 2012 in Brazil. 59 million mobile phones were sold, of which 16 million were smartphones.
But, along with the growth of trade, also increase the number and sophistication of cyber crimes related to smartphones.
A study shows that they will be the focus of cyber criminals in 2013. The goal of the blows is almost always make money illicitly. According to the survey, the cell phone scams focus on persuading the user to sign on to Instant Messaging Services (40% of shares), turn the device into a zombie network (botnet) controlled by criminals (32%) and steal information from smartphones (28%).
China, Russia and Iran are the countries with the highest rate of malicious code on mobile devices according to whereversmartphone.
But countries like Brazil, Peru and Mexico also suffer from cyber attacks. Compared to 2011, the number of attacks in Brazil has increased 12 times in the past year.
Just after installation, the user receives an SMS saying that signed a “Premium” service and that a certain amount will be charged to your phone bill.
According to the research of the laboratory of ESET, the Trojan Boxer was found in 22 applications available on Google. The malware has been identified in several countries, including Brazil.
Protect a smartphone requires precautions similar to those we use for computers. Some questions are basic are: install an antivirus and keep it updated, use a password to lock the device, avoid using open Wi-Fi networks and turn off Bluetooth and WiFi when I’m on the street, as well as download only from trusted sources and do not click on links and advertisements.
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