With mobile devices and applications being used more than ever, including in the world of business, security for these devices is also growing in importance. There are a few ways cybercriminals may try to get at mobile devices to steal business data or related information, and one of these is broadly known as "grayware."
At Onward Technology, our 24/7 on-demand IT support services cover a wide swath of business needs, including security and protection for mobile devices used by business owners or employees. What is grayware, what are some types of grayware out there, and how can you ensure this form of threat does not become a risk for your company? Here are some basics.
In most IT circles, the term grayware has grown into a broad one that defines a few different malware threats to mobile devices. Such threats are considered troublesome, but are not "completely malicious" in most cases.
For instance, a common behavior of grayware is to infect a device, then leak that device's phone number to some kind of repository. Some will leak device location or application information, as well, while others may install unwanted ads. Grayware can also function as spyware, as it quietly collects data and sends it back to the attacker.
There are even cases where grayware apps will disappear after being installed, but leave a telltale sign on the device (like a notification icon). They will then harvest sensitive information and sell it to the highest bidder.
Grayware can come in all shapes and sizes, with a few specific types out there:
For standard mobile phone use, and especially for any companies with employees who use mobile devices for important company needs and data storage, here are some tips for avoiding grayware risks:
For more on protecting your mobile devices from grayware, or to learn about any of our managed IT or IT support services, contact the team at Onward Technology today.