Neil Druker, a contributor to technological advancement, warns mobile users of predicted malware advancements in the coming year.
At the end of a year, we all have a tendency to look back and recall what we’ve learned. Technology authorities are no different. In fact, tech junkies often scrutinize the developments of the past to predict future advancements. Oftentimes, these conjectures forecast the positive evolution of technology. This year, however, much conjecture pertains to something much more serious.
Since the early days of computer and the Internet, security authorities have tried to keep close tabs on hackers and Web miscreants. In the development of security software, the company McAfee has certainly risen to the top. Many experts such as Neil Druker regard McAfee as the leader in global computer and Internet security. The company has retained the skills necessary to provide the tech community with the tools to ward of security criminals.
In its Threat Predications Report for 2013, McAfee warns of a probable spike in one specific kind of malware: mobile. In the report, the company predicts huge advancements in the development of mobile threats. While not a surprise to the tech world, this prognosis may startle the regular mobile user. For whatever reason, mobile technology seems to come with a (false) sense of security. However, malware developers have huge opportunities with the expansion of mobile device options.
While security experts do expect this increase in mobile treats, the malware developers appear to have the upper hand. Attackers have years of Internet and computer hacking experience that can help in striking the mobile universe. As mentioned, mobile users seem to feel secure with their devices. McAfee foresees attackers exploiting this apparent and vast weakness.
One likely threat to reach innumerable mobile devices includes ransomware. In essence, ransomware attackers lock users out of their own devices. The setup allows the hacker to ask the user for a specific amount of money to regain access. However, according to McAfee, users cannot pay the ransom with any certainty that they’ll get their devices back.
Other developments, such as attacks focused on politics or the military, will also likely rise in 2013. While security threats continue to evolve and grow, experts continually seek to counter potential attack methods. McAfee and other security companies encourage users to stay apprised of both threat and prevention developments.
Neil Druker is a technology expert and writer. He frequently contributes to several online publications about the state of technology in the 21st century. His commentary topics range from computers to social media to electronics.