Five tips for avoiding viruses and malware on your Android

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Keeping infected apps off your Android requires common sense more than anything

acu security 0 - Five tips for avoiding viruses and malware on your AndroidIt’s not exactly a secret that Android’s pretty open, and that it’s possible for bad people to do bad things with apps. That’s possible with any computer system, of course. And like any other computer system, Android has checks and balances that help keep you safe. Most of them are done without you having to lift a finger. There are gates that have to be opened for malware to get through, and chances are the bad guys are hoping you’ll hand them the key in the first place.

There are basic steps you can take to help make sure that doesn’t happen.

We’ll walk you through five easy ways for keeping virus- and malware-laden apps off of your Android.

1. If you don’t know what it is, don’t install it

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Treat your apps like you treat your food. Well, like you should treat your food. If you don’t know what it is or where it came from, you might want to think twice about installing it.

It’s not all that unusual to get e-mail with links to an app — but we’d advise against blindly installing full apk files (that’s the file type for Android applications) you receive in email, or maybe are linked to in spammy text messages. Or even that you find in various forums around the Internet. You simply have no way of knowing what’s in there without some serious hackery.

2. Only install from Google Play or other reputable app stores

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Where would you rather buy your meat? From a tent on the side of the road? Or from the refrigerated case at the well-known grocery store? You’ve got a far smaller chance at getting food poisoning at one of those places.

Where else do we recommend? The Amazon Appstore, for one. There’s a good bit of duplication between it and Google Play, but you should also be able to download in safety and comfort. Well, in safety, anyway. And Amazon’s always running deals on apps.

What would we avoid? Random download locations on the Internet. App stores that seem too good to be true. Anything that promises scores of paid apps for free (and not in a “deal of the day” sort of situation, ya know?).

3. Protect ya neck: Uncheck “Install from unknown sources”

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So, yes. There’s some scary stuff out there. The good news is that, by default, there’s a pretty simple mechanism in place that keeps you protected.

By default, every Android phone that has access to Google Play ships with a lock that keeps applications from outside Google’s store from installing themselves. It’s a safety feature, is all, and not about stifling competition. With that lock in place, you’ll get a warning should an application try to install itself from outside Google Play — whether you initiated it, or not.

Should you need to, disabling that lock is just a matter of ticking the “Unknown sources” box in your security settings. And you’ll need to do it if you want to, say, install the Amazon Appstore.

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