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How to Prevent Phishing Attacks on Mobile Devices

Mobile devices.  While it’s often a love-hate relationship, at the end of the day they’re hard to live without.  In their absence we’d all still be tethered to our office cubicles. So, from that perspective these wonderful devices have set us free.   

Face it, we don’t have the same relationships with our mobile devices as we do with our work computers.  We have more fun with them. Tend to trust them more.  Take more risks with them.  

For a long time, the nonchalant connection we had with our mobile devices didn’t seem to be an issue.  After all, hacking and email phishing scams were office problems and it was hard to believe that security threats would make their way past the servers in the LAN room and onto our phones. Sadly, those times are long gone.  

One of the first significant mobile device hacker groups was discovered in 2013 when a virus known as NotCompatible was released. It was a deadly mix of email phishing spam and malware and helped change the way we saw our mobile devices. NotCompatible allowed cybercriminals to take complete control over a mobile phone.  Malicious code was then posted on websites, malicious links were sent to contacts, and the problems spread like wildfire, especially since the enticing phishing emails appeared to come from friends.1 

In their perfect world, mobile hackers would be able to tap into the devices of unsuspecting victims though apps.  However, App Store owners such as Apple keep tight security controls, leaving mobile cybercriminals with little choice but to infiltrate companies using deceptive email phishing scams directed at employees.  And no matter how good you think your phishing simulation training might be, employees who access their work emails via mobile devices are less likely to notice suspicious links or questionable sender addresses.   

What kind of damage do mobile email phishing threats pose? Pretty much the same set of costly cybercrimes as in the office.  Here are a few you’re probably familiar with: 

Credential Harvesting -  Business Email Compromise (BEC) 

Spear Phishing -  Account Take Overs (ATO) 

Malware - Ransomware 

Zero Day Attacks - CEO Impersonation 


By 2020, it is anticipated that each person will own 15 connected devices.2 With that little fact in mind, surely phishers will continue to hone their skills in preparation for a mobile windfall. Don’t you want to get ahead of the game?  It all starts with having the best email phishing protection available.  It’s not something you want to skimp on because the results of just one attack could be devastating.  

Make sure your employees – and ultimately your businesses – have the email security protection they need. INKY is the industry’s leading solution for the security of your email and one of the only providers who can protect you from email phishing scams on mobile devices, as well as in the office.  Cost-effective and powerful, INKY can be implemented quickly, regardless of whether your employees work at the office or remotely on mobile devices.  Uniquely effective at catching phishing attacks, INKY uses computer vision, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning, to search for signs of fraud. It works on any device- including mobile - and places highly visible warning banners directly in the email. 

Based in the US, INKY is growing internationally and becoming a phish-fighting force around the world.  Learn more about what INKY can do for your company and schedule a free demonstration today 

You might also want to learn more about INKY’s mobile phish-fighting capabilities by reading Stopping Phishing Attacks: Closing the Mobile Gap 


INKY® is the emerging hero in the war against phishing. An award-winning cloud-based email security solution, INKY® prevents the most complex phishing threats from disrupting or even immobilizing your company’s day-to-day business operations. Using computer vision, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, INKY® is the smartest investment you can make in the security of your organization. INKY® is a proud winner of the NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge and finalist in the 2020 RSAC Innovation Sandbox Competition. Learn more about INKY® or request an online demonstration today.