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Threats and Vulnerabilities of Mobile Applications

Threats and Vulnerabilities of Mobile Applications
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Author(s): Thangavel M. (Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India), Divyaprabha M. (Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India) and Abinaya C. (Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 20
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fifth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3479-3.ch034

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Abstract

Smart devices like mobile phones, tablets, and laptops have become necessities in our lives due to the services they provide. However, in recent days, mobile applications have become a major threat for an attack. One of the most attractive features of smartphones is the availability of a large number of apps for users to download and install. However, it also means hackers can easily distribute malware to smartphones, launching various attacks. Each day, a mobile device attack is changing dynamically, and it is very difficult to represent a complete set of threats and vulnerabilities. Mobile phone security has become an important aspect of security issues in wireless multimedia communications. The development of mobile applications has increased drastically; hence, it is our responsibility to protect our devices and the data within them. Being aware is the first step to protect data. Thus, to prevent the mobile from the threats, efforts are required to form the application developer, app market administrator, and user to defend against the malware. This article explores those threats and vulnerabilities of mobile applications.

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