New Malicious Software Exploiting Passwords on Mobile Devices
Researchers have discovered a new way hackers can worm their way into your mobile devices. The latest malicious threat creates the ability for cyber criminals to hack into microphones of smartphones and tablets. Upon doing so, they are able to record the sounds of the keys chosen to unlock devices. From there, they are able to determine which keystrokes unlock the device. Once they have the passcode, they are able to unlock the device to do what they please.
Now, before chaos ensues, it’s important to know this was recently discovered by researchers, not in the wild. However, it likely won’t be long before hackers exploit this opportunity. So, what should you do?
First, it is important users have an antivirus solution on their devices to block malware from running on their smartphone or tablet. For PC Matic users, you may also use PC Matic on your Android mobile devices. To do so, access the Google Play Store, download “PC Matic for Android”, and log in using your existing PC Matic credentials.
Also, to throw off the malware, users can input the wrong password sporadically to throw off the consistency of using the same keystrokes. Users should also change their passcodes every couple months.
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