Security of mobile phones is not just a simple matter of protecting the device. There is so much more that is under attack – from threats that compromise the device, exploit apps, or just live on malware servers on the web. But another, often overlooked, attack vector is malicious infrastructure threats. At Wandera, we are seeing more data showing these are increasingly prevalent. A rogue Wi-Fi hotspot is easy to deploy and even easier for unsuspecting users to join.

The constant release of new mobile operating systems brings a whole range of anticipated user-centric features that are well reported and often both celebrated and critiqued by many a blogger or technology new website.
What is often not so well reported is some of the underlying technology changes that are implemented in order for the developers to improve security and bring innovative new solutions into the hands of users. I refer to them as the ‘unsung hero security features’.
At Wandera, we recently leveraged one such ‘hero feature’ to further bolster our core threat prevention capabilities. By working with some new OS features Wandera is now proactively able to warn a user if they are joining a potentially insecure Wi-Fi network and therefore offer even better protection from threats such as man-in-the-middle, ahead of the threat.
This new functionality advises end users to be mindful of the data they enter while using open Wi-Fi networks that require a login, a configuration that is common of “captive portals” at hotels and airports (See Below). The user experience remains unchanged for networks that use encryption (WPA/WEP) or provide direct access to the Internet.

Rogue Hotspot

Unsung hero security features allow for many new advances in the apps and services that you use on your mobile devices. They might not grab headlines and you probably won’t ever see them discussed at any keynote address but they are there, and are super important. They are what make your favourite productivity app more secure, or faster or easier to use.
At Wandera, each new OS release represents new possibilities and it’s usually these little know ‘unsung hero security features’ that we get excited about and we hope there are more to come.