Security problems emanating from poorly designed websites are all too common. To combat these threats, people load all kinds of different software onto their computers, including antivirus software, malware removal tools and so forth. Mobile devices lag behind desktop computers in regards to security in many important, and potentially devastating, ways. Working with web designers who understand these threats, who are up to date on the latest incarnations of these threats and who know how to ensure that they are not present on your mobile website is imperative.
Hackers and Mobile Devices
Smartphones and tablet computers are widely used on public Wi-Fi networks and, of course, many of them have connections to cellular networks that they use for Internet access. Hackers have found many ways that they can exploit these devices and gain access to information stored on them. At one time, hacking someone’s cell phone would’ve really only given you access to their contact list. Today, it can give you access to stored website information, stored payment information and other information that would be very interesting to anyone committing a cyber crime.
Unfortunately, some of the same website based exploits that can be used to compromise the security of a desktop computer can be used the same, or greater, effect on mobile devices. For example, by using techniques that allow hackers to force devices to download malicious software, they can gain access to all of the information stored on a mobile device. This may not seem too frightening to you until you consider what they could do with that information.
For instance, if you have visited your mobile banking site, your PayPal account, done any shopping or engaged in any other activity that requires a certain amount of security on your mobile device, a hacker may gain access to information related to those activities. That may mean draining one of your accounts or simply stealing the credentials off your mobile device.
One of the newest innovations in mobile device technology allows people to use their mobile device rather like you use a credit card. This technology would enable you, for instance, to swipe your smartphone over an appropriate receiver to make a payment at a grocery store, retail outlet or anywhere else. This means that your smartphone essentially becomes as much of a security risk as your credit card. This is a serious consideration to keep in mind. When you offer a mobile website, you need to be absolutely certain that you’re not creating a situation where somebody accessing it may be tricked into downloading something malicious.
Designers and Security
Mobile website design has to take into account the fact that many mobile device users have no antivirus or other protection installed on their smartphones or other devices. For all intents and purposes, they are doing the equivalent of hooking up to the Internet on a desktop computer without anything to protect them. Hackers are already well aware of this and infecting mobile devices has become one of their most productive ways of committing crimes over the Internet.
If you’re having a website designed for mobile devices, be sure to discuss these issues with the designers. Make certain that they are aware of them and make certain that they can give you reliable information on what they do to make certain that your site is secure. Exploits for operating systems, web authoring technologies and every other type of technology are discovered almost every day. If you’re relying on a substandard designer, you can be almost certain that your mobile website has security holes that put your visitors at very real risk.