Using our smartphones and tablets, we rarely wonder how safe we are at the moment. Most people don’t lock their devices with passwords — let alone installing antivirus programs or using a VPN. And that’s a huge mistake, considering that we take our smartphones and tablets outside our homes and connect to not quite secure public WiFi networks.

That’s why security professionals advise users to install not just antiviruses to stay protected from malware, but a VPN, too. The latter will help you safeguard your device from hackers that are trying to get into it through unprotected networks. We recommend that you turn on iNinja every time you’re using a public WiFi spot to avoid malicious activity. Our VPN will encrypt your connection to protect your data from hackers.

A VPN doesn’t just let you access geo-restricted content. It also creates a wall between you and malefactors making your device inaccessible for them. So if you still think that VPN is not necessary for your smartphone or tablet, you might want to reconsider your opinion once you read the stats we’ve prepared for you.

  1. 70.4% of all e-commerce transactions are processed on mobile devices in 2020 The percentage of mobile payments was growing quickly over the past few years, and iт 2020 it has already reached 70%. It’s predicted that in 2021 the number of mobile payments will reach 73%. It means, that hackers will target smartphones and tablets even more. You’re using your credit card data every time you’re making a purchase online, and, obviously, malefactors will try to steal it. You can protect your transactions by turning on iNinja every time you’re shopping online, especially if you do that in public places. A VPN will encrypt your connection hiding your data from malefactors.
  2. There were over 1 million malware packages detected in the first quarter of 2020 In the first quarter of 2020 cybersecurity professionals detected 1.153.662 mobile malware packages. While these stats should be a reason for you to get an antivirus for your smartphone or tablet, we still wanted to include it as an example of why you should protect your device. There are a lot of potential threats even if we don’t consider direct attacks. So don’t forget to install an antivirus in addition to the VPN.
  3. Even if you consider your home connection to be secure, it might be not enough Around 20% of existing high risks were connected to the weak encryption. This security technique is improved by professionals all the time since hackers also develop their skills quickly. So even if you think that your home router is protected from malicious attacks, it might be not that safe. That’s why you should consider using a VPN even at home when you’re executing high-risk activities such as buying something online or logging into your mobile banking app. The more protection you have the better. And since iNinja won’t slow down your connection significantly, you won’t experience any inconvenience.
  4. 1 out of 5 web applications expose you to threats
    One out of five web apps that were tested by professionals had significant vulnerabilities that allowed malefactors to intervene with a session and crawl into the user’s device. For example, broken authentication was detected in 45% of tested web apps, and a third of found vulnerabilities are caused by the server being unable to restrict the number of login attempts. You, however, won’t be even aware of these flaws when you’re logging into some web application with your mobile device. You’ll only understand that you are a victim when it’s too late. It’s possible to avoid such threats by using a VPN that will encrypt your connection and lower the chances for hackers to get into your device.

Both Android and iOS-based devices are exposed to threats
It’s a widely-spread belief that only Android users can experience attacks and malware while iOS ones are perfectly safe. This myth emerged years ago when Apple computers were just entering households. Since Windows-based PCs at that point were rather popular, hackers focused on this operating system — there was not much sense in looking for approaches to Apple computers because there were not many of those. Today it’s not the case. Malefactors can hack both operating systems just fine.

As mobile devices became popular, Apple users fell into the same old belief that they’re safe. True, in the beginning, there were many more Android-based devices, and it was more profitable for cybercriminals to come up with new ways to hack this operating system. However, now they target iOS-based gadgets with just as strong enthusiasm they have for Android ones.
So you shouldn’t think that your iPhone or iPad is invincible. Consider using a VPN regardless of the brand of your device and operating system it’s using. In 2019, both Android and iOS had vulnerabilities. In fact, in 2019 iOS had a huge non-fixable breach — Checkm8. And there is no reason to think that in the future both operating systems won’t have any other vulnerabilities.

Bottom line

There are a lot of threats waiting for mobile users, and you should take all these stats seriously, especially considering that the number of attacks grows all the time and hackers come up with new ways to steal valuable data and make the profit of users. iNinja will protect your connection safeguarding your device from intruders. Additionally, we highly encourage you to install an antivirus, too, if you don’t have one already.

Finally, we want to give you some guidelines that will help you remain safe:
● Always lock your mobile device with a password
● Update all apps at least once a week to avoid vulnerabilities (outdated app are exposed to attacks)
● Avoid suspicious websites
● Prefer using Google or Apple Pay instead of entering your credit card data
● Use a VPN when you connect to a public WiFi
● Update your operating system when your device asks you to do so.