orb3000 · Nov 11, 2011 at 04:39 pm

Scams and Malware Apps: Stay Protected

This may be so obvious for most of you, but new members may not be aware of the scams and malware that apps could install. Scammers create Trojan copies of reputable apps to trick users into installing them. Once on a phone, these malicious apps can secretly send premium-rate text messages to generate profit for scammers.

Online banking is another way to expose yourself if you aren’t cautious about security details. According to Symantec, at least six varieties of malicious software were found on Android devices. Most of us aren’t far from our devices for long, and that makes us think we are secure from scammers.  According to the source article, 17% of Android users make money transactions with their devices, and your details can be captured by criminals as well.

You can increase security on Android from getting hacked by using security apps that scan your apps for malware.  And when downloading apps, know where it comes from and who is the provider.  Only download from secure places.  Never download cracked versions even if it’s free.  Remember to periodically clear your browsing history, cookies, and all saved data.  Use strong passwords, disable Wi-Fi auto connect, and manage application permissions.

These tips will increase security, but most importantly, use your common sense when deciding what to install or where to surf.  For more information, read the source link.

Thanks for reading.

 

Thanks to Fallen Spartan for the tip!


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