Home Where Does Mobile Malware Come From & How Do You Protect Yourself? [Infographic]

Where Does Mobile Malware Come From & How Do You Protect Yourself? [Infographic]

What is mobile malware? Where does it come from? How does it get into your phone? These questions are just beginning to surface in the public mindset as splashy headlines warn smartphone users of the dangers lurking to take over their shiny, new mobile device. Security company BullGuard came up with a very informative infographic that shows where mobile malware comes from and how it spreads. Mobile malware does not come from malevolent a cupid shooting poison arrows into users’ phones. Like PC viruses, malicious mobile programs are perpetrated by people that control botnets and want the information stored in your smartphone for their own means.

Mobile malware can come from just about any vector you could think of. It lurks in application stores (especially third-party stores), text messages, emails, websites, search results and images. Some malware can snoop your device if you are on an insecure public Wi-Fi channel. Take a look at the infographic below and let us know what steps you take to protect your smartphone from those who would do it harm.

Several months ago we posted an infrographic titled “Where Does Your Malware Come From?” Just as with that infographic, we made sure to fact check this infographic (you would be surprised how much false, old or half-information these infographic makers try to slip by busy tech reporters) and the numbers check out. We have written about much of what is in the infographic over the last several months. See the very bottom of the image for BullGuard’s sources, though note that no other security company is listed as a source of the information in the image. It looks like BullGuard has superseded some of the research of its competitors while still remaining technically accurate by sourcing it to various research organizations and institutions such as Juniper and the University of Virginia.

Check it out and tell us what you think:

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.