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Today's top mobile security threats: what you need to know

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We use our phones all day, every day. And the more we use them, the more we put our digital security at risk. You’re probably wondering, is there a way to keep your mobile device and your data safe? The short answer is yes. But there are some important things to know and do first. We’ll walk you through them. 

At Asurion, we’re serious about protecting all your favorite tech and crucial personal data. Whether you want to create a strong password or safely use Apple Pay®, we can help.  Here’s our guide to today’s top common threats for mobile users—and what you can do to stay safe. 

What’s a mobile device security threat?

A mobile device security threat involves anything from phishing scams to ransomware attacks that might harm your personal devices or put your data at risk. It pays to always be cautious and alert when you’re using your cell phone. 

Common types of attacks 

Here are a few common—but serious—mobile device security threats to watch out for. 


The term “malware” includes viruses and other forms of harmful software designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a device’s system. Mobile malware can do real harm—primarily by stealing your personal data—when it gets into your phone through fake ads, dodgy attachments, or unvetted apps.


This type of malware locks you out of your device—and your personal information. Cybercriminals then threaten to keep it locked or even delete or publicly share the data unless you pay them. You’ve probably heard of ransomware attacks on large companies in the news, but individuals are at risk as well. 

Network spoofing

Network, or IP (internet protocol) spoofing is a ploy used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to mobile phones and other tech. Basically, the bad actors impersonate a legitimate address to trick you or your device into letting them through the front door of your devices.  


Phishing is a type of scam used by cybercriminals to steal your personal information. It might be a text from someone pretending to be your boss, a Facebook friend request for a phony account, or a fake email from Amazon asking you to update your credit card number. Often, phishing attacks look legit and with the use of AI, they are getting even more realistic. 

Phishing is the most commonly known term and specifically refers to email, but there are other variations such as smishing which refers to SMS messages or vishing which is voice phishing or contact impersonation. Check out our guide on how to spot a phishing scam. 

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How to avoid mobile device security threats 

Some places, situations, or practices are risky when it comes to your cell phone security. Here are a few tips about what to avoid and things you can do to keep your phone—and your personal information on it—safe from future attacks. 

Skip public Wi-Fi networks

Public networks, like those found in airports or coffee shops, aren’t secure. As a rule, don’t use them. Private networks with passwords are much safer. If you sign on to an unsecured network, make sure you don’t do anything with your credit card, bank account, or personal information. 

Only use official app stores 

Make sure you only download apps from well-known app stores like Google Play™ and the Apple® app store, which vet their products. Buying from untrusted sites could lead to malware or other viruses on your phone and other tech. 

Use a VPN 

Add another layer of protection for you and your employer when you’re working remotely by setting up a virtual private network (VPN). This creates a secure, encrypted connection between your device and remote server, protecting you from hackers and protecting sensitive company information. Learn more in our VPN guide

Lock your screen 

One of the best ways to keep your phone safe is to lock it with your face,   fingerprint, pattern, or personal identification number (PIN). That way, if your phone is lost or stolen, no one will be able to get into it. Check out our guides on how to set up a lock screen on Android™ and how to set up Face ID® on an iPhone®. 

Always use strong passwords 

Another way to help keep your mobile device secure is to use unique, complex passwords. Check out our guide to creating a strong password or even better, consider using a password manager

Don’t share personal information on social media 

Be cautious when sharing personal information on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram. Hackers scour these sites for personal phone numbers, birthdates, addresses, and other information to try to steal your identity. 

Looking for more mobile security tips? Read more here about how to protect your phone from hackers and what to do if your phone’s been hacked

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