Do you own the phone most targeted by hackers?

  • iPhone owners are 192 times more at risk to being targeted by hackers than other phone brands. 
  • Over 48,010 Americans are searching information on how to hack an iPhone monthly.
  • Over 10,040 Brits are searching information on how to hack an iPhone monthly.
  • Sony, Nokia, LG and Huawei are the safest phones to have.
  • Your Instagram account is 24 times more likely to be a target for hackers than your Netflix account.
  • 66,960 Americans are interested in finding out how to hack someone’s Instagram account every month.
  • Snapchat and WhatsApp accounts are not safe either, with over 35,000 Americans intending to find information on how to hack into these apps every month.

Mobile app hacking is on the rise, and a recent report from the RSA puts smartphones at the top of the list as the main channel for hackers. With that in mind, the experts with an interest in mobile technology from Case24 sought to investigate which apps are more prone to getting hacked. Simultaneously, Case 24 also had a look at the mobile phone brands that are most likely to be targeted by hackers in the US and UK.  

The data was gathered by analysing monthly Google search volumes to see how many Americans and Brits are looking to find information on how to hack different apps or phone brands. 

You are 192 times more at risk to get hacked if you have THIS phone

When investigating the number of times people searched how to hack different phone brands, the results show a whopping difference between the brand in first place and the other brands. In fact, the results show the following for US: 

Most hacked phone brands (US)Total search volume
iPhone48,010
Samsung3,100
LG670
Sony320
Nokia260
Huawei250

If you are an iPhone owner, then you are approximately 192 times more likely to have your phone hacked than if you were a Huawei owner. 

In second place are Samsung owners, with 3,100 Americans monthly searching how to hack into their phones. LG is third with 670 searches/month, while Sony, Nokia and Huawei were the phones hackers are least interested in, with under 500 searches/month each. 

The date for UK shows the following:

Most hacked phone brands (UK)Total search volume
iPhone10,040
Samsung700
Huawei200
LG90
Nokia70
Sony60

If you are an iPhone owner, then you are 167 times more at risk to have your phone hacked than if you were a Sony owner. 

In second place are Samsung owners, with 700 Brits monthly searching how to hack into their phones. Huawei is third with 200 searches/month, while LG, Nokia and Sony were the phones hackers are least interested in, with under 100 searches/month each. 

What apps are most at risk of being hacked in the US? 

Just like with phone brands, some apps are more prone to being hacked than others. In fact, your Instagram account is approximately 24 times more at risk of being hacked than your Netflix account. The results show that a shocking 66,960 Americans are interested in finding out how to hack someone’s Instagram account every month. Your Snapchat and WhatsApp accounts are not safe either, with over 35,000 Americans intending to find information on how to hack into these apps every month. 

Most hacked apps (US)Total search volume
Instagram66,960
Snapchat57,740
WhatsApp36,980
YouTube13,710
Twitter13,350
Messenger10,350
Gmail7,080
Facebook5,980
Amazon3,460
Netflix2,790

What are the apps most at risk of being hacked in UK?

For Brits, your Instagram account is approximately 17 times more likely to be targeted by hackers than your Netflix account. The results show that a shocking 12,410 Brits are interested in finding out how to hack someone’s Instagram account every month. When it comes to Snapchat and WhatsApp, over 7,000 Brits intend to find information on how to hack into these apps every month. 

Most hacked apps (UK)Total search volume
Instagram12,410
Snapchat7,380
WhatsApp7,100
YouTube1,950
Twitter1,790
Messenger1,750
Gmail1,510
Facebook1,120
Amazon1,070
Netflix750

 


Press release written by Case24

December 11, 2019

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