Android and iPhone users are vulnerable to Zero Click hacks

The surge in Zero Click hack, where malicious software infiltrates devices without user consent, has become a concerning trend. To counter this, the National Security Agency (NSA) offers a simple yet effective defense tip at no cost to users.

A quick remedy to such cyber threats is often as straightforward as rebooting the device. Rebooting clears background applications and associated data, thwarting sophisticated digital attacks. This action closes all apps, logs out of social media accounts, and denies perpetrators access to sensitive information stored on the device.

Additionally, users are advised to steer clear of public Wi-Fi networks and avoid connecting to unknown Bluetooth devices. Opting for secure 4G or 5G networks over public connections helps keep smartphones free from spyware, as telecom networks typically monitor for malicious activity.

Similar precautions apply to both iPhone and Android devices when combating Spear phishing attacks.

Interestingly, a 2015 Pew Research report revealed that a significant majority of tech-savvy individuals rarely power off their smartphones, if at all, with only a handful adhering to daily reboots.

Keeping device software up to date and promptly addressing software bugs is equally crucial.

Furthermore, exercising caution when clicking on URLs or SMS containing suspicious links is imperative to prevent account compromise, identity theft, and social engineering attacks like phishing.

To minimize risks, users should avoid using devices with outdated software and hardware, opting instead for regular upgrades every one to two years. However, this leads to another challenge—electronic waste generation—that often ends up polluting oceans and harming ecosystems.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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