Smartphone use is increasing, and mobile devices are an attractive target for criminals. Android, Apple and iOS devices have all been targeted for cyber attacks, especially those apps that get downloaded and share information across multiple devices on the cloud or on shared websites.
Criminals can target individuals through social networks or e-commerce sites. Many social sites now allow a sign-up from existing social media sites that share all personal information.
Increasingly, hackers attack websites to get access to customer/user confidential information. Even with regular security updates to sites, hackers are already ahead of the curve.
Email attacks involve phishing links sent to email accounts to request confidential information or to direct people to malicious websites. If accounts are hacked and a link gets sent to all contacts, this targets many people at once. Spammers are getting more sophisticated at finding a way through protective firewalls.