Mobile Ads Displace Porn as Best Source for Mobile Malware

fake avMalware is following us from our computer to our phones – so much so it’s now easier to obtain malicious malware from any mobile ads, even if you’re not using your phone to watch porn.

The findings come from Blue Coat: in February of 2014, 1 in 5 attacks on mobile phones actually came from malicious ads. That’s a 400% increase insect Nov. 2012, compared to porn, which fell to only 16% of all attacks.

However, as Quartz pointed out, Mobile ads only make up 10% of mobile traffic while porn is 1% of traffic while causing 16% the harm. So, theoretically, if you are cruising porn on your phone, you are most likely to fall victim to malware. A good rule of thumb is to never click on anything, especially ads that warns you that you have viruses on your device. Symantec tells us why:

FakeAV software is a type of scam using malware that intentionally misrepresents the security status of a computer and attempts to convince the user to purchase a full version of the software in order to remediate non-existing infections. Messages continue to pop up on the desktop until the payment is made or until the malware is removed.