We store our lives on our mobiles, but phishing attacks are threatening mobile security. New figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) show the number of phone scams have tripled, surging from 10,997 in December 2020 to 33,053 in January 2021.

One common phishing scam takes advantage of the increase in online deliveries. You receive a text message from a number posing as Royal Mail, informing you of unpaid delivery charges or a missed parcel. These messages are often followed with a link to a scam site, asking for payment details.

So, how can you secure your mobile device?

Never reply to any spam text message – Responding to a message lets the scammer know your number is genuine, encouraging more phishing efforts.

Don’t click on any links –These could install malware onto your device that collects information.

Check your phone’s settings – Look for built-in features to block unwanted calls and messages.

  • For Android phones.
    • Look for the three dots in the top right-hand corner of your text. Click it and select “People” and “Options” and “Block”
  • For iPhones
    • Click on the “i” in the top right-hand corner of the spam text. Next, click the number and select “Block.”

Some scams may pose as your network provider. If you receive a suspicious text message from what looks to be your provider, you can forward it onto 7726 for free for investigation, regardless of your network.

With the unprecedented development of smartphones, tablets and mobile devices, mobile working has seen radical growth. Ensuring your business has a strong mobile strategy — with mobile safety at the forefront — you can futureproof your SME.