Should we be more concerned about Mobile Malware?

image Trend Micro has published the results of a  survey of 1000 North American users of mobile devices, and found many were ignoring security issues when it comes to mobile devices.

The survey shows that 44% of over 1,000 respondents are lax when it comes to surfing using their mobile phones. The respondents are actually more concerned of losing data such as contact numbers via physical phone loss rather than information loss due to Web threats and phishing or spam attacks. In fact, only 23% utilize security software already installed in their phones. Some even believe there is no use for such software as mobile phones are not as prone to security risks.

This is despite the presence of  mobile malware such as WINCE_INFOJACK.A and WINCE_CRYPTIC.A, which target Windows mobile phones.

As mobile phones become more Web-based and as users more heavily rely on them to conduct their day-to-day business, potential risks brought about by phishing and other Web threats will become more rampant as well.

As an active Windows Mobile power user, my habits could not be less safe.  While at least I don’t pirate software (this is however a rampant practice) I do download new software from random XDA and other threads all the time. Additionally due to the lack of an easy update system Windows Mobile continues to remain subject to mobile threats, such as the recent SMS hacks which other mobile OS’s were able to patch near instantly.

Should we as a community re-think our attitude towards mobile malware, or will we wait for the first major outbreak before we load up anti-virus software?  Let us know in the comments.

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