Malware has become an omnipresent issue since the advent of modern computers. Computing devices are being assaulted all the time by Trojans, spyware, viruses, rootkits and several others of the like. They are looking for loopholes and vulnerabilities in the defenses in order to get through. While the computing world is plagued by infections, people have gotten enough awareness to employ some protection measures on their devices.
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With the launch of operating systems like Android and iOS, smartphones have almost become portable computers, so they also need to be protected against malware attacks. Therefore, certain methods and programs are available to re-vitalize your Android phones and iOS devices. Prevention is better than cure, due to which people should take steps in advance to avoid future problems. Android OS of Google Inc. is the most popular operating software used in mobile devices nowadays. However, because of its open nature, the platform is not as secure as Windows OS or iOS. Following are some steps that people can take for securing their Android devices against malware threats:
- Well-reputed channels should be used when people are downloading applications such as the Amazon App Store and Google Play Store itself. A rudimentary ‘bouncer’ is implemented by Google for warding off any possible malware and the highly active Android community simply takes care of the rest. Thus, these two sources are the most reliable option for downloading apps and protecting the phone from malware at the same time.
- In the device’s settings, installation of application from unknown sources should be turned off unless one is a power user. This can aid in ensuring that only official channels are used for adding anything to the device’s system.
- Before people decide to download any applications, they should also check ratings and read the reviews. Trouble is less likely if the application has been created by a renowned developer. In contrast, apps that have only a few stars and reviews shouldn’t be downloaded.
- An application usually asks for different permissions when it is being downloaded and they should be checked carefully. People should use their judgment to decide if they are willing to allow the app to infiltrate their device. Apps that appear shady should be discarded immediately because it’s not worth it to risk personal information. For instance, puzzle or game apps may request access to your contacts or even internet permission.
- Emails or mass-broadcast messages on your phone have links embedded in them. They should never be accessed as one doesn’t know what’s hidden underneath a URL. Unrestricted access to web browsers may be gained by these links and this can lead to phishing scams.
- While it is not strictly a malware protection measure, it is a good idea to keep your phone locked to prevent others from opening your device and installing undesired software that may threaten the security system.
- Another effective way to protect your Android against malware attacks is to download some good security application. Not only will they provide protection, but also alert users when a malware is detected in websites etc. They have various other features that can come in handy.
Implementing these tips will go a long way in ensuring the security of an Android device against malware.
By Peter M. who is a passionate technology geek. He works for APKpalace that offers simple ways to deal with Android issues.