How to avoid the threat of Android malware

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Unfortunately, even these apps can only do so much, as the technology within them is much simpler than what runs their Windows counterparts. And most apps merely detect when you download or install an app, then compare its digital signature against a database of known malicious apps. If the app is on that list, the antivirus will alert you and ask that you remove the app. This simple approach doesn’t make antivirus apps very compelling, even when you factor in the virtual private networks, call blockers, and other extra features some offer.

The best security is to avoid malware altogether

So Android malware is real and not all antivirus apps are total scams, but do you actually need protection? Well, experts are somewhat split on the issue.

While the risk of infection is low in the U.S., Clementi says it never hurts to be proactive in case the situation changes. Google itself, however, has railed against antivirus apps in the past. In 2014, for example, Google’s then-lead security engineer for Android said there was “no reason” to install an antivirus app because the risk was low and Google’s built-in protections were strong enough. Antivirus manufacturers fired back, scoffing at the notion and pointing to third-party app stores used across the globe (and a few pieces of malware that have, despite Google’s protections, snuck into Google Play).

Unfortunately, most people taking part in the discussion have some sort of skin in the game, so it’s hard to know who’s opinion to trust.

There is one thing all experts agree on, though: your first and main line of defence should be common sense and good security practices.

“Only download apps from official app stores like Google Play, or stores of reputable app makers and avoid third-party stores and side-loading,” Clementi says.

Of course, Google Play still hosts some bad apps while third-party sites may offer trustworthy downloads. The most important thing is to download apps built by well-known developers and companies you trust. And never, ever, pirate apps from sketchy sites, as these are often dangerous.


By Whitson Gordon

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Your Android phone has pop-ups! Is it infected?

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You’re browsing the internet on your Android phone. You’re probably using the Chrome app. Everything seems normal until a pop-up invades your screen. Maybe it says “Congratulations, user” and offers you a chance for a gift. Or maybe it shouts out a dire warning that your phone is infected with viruses and that you should follow its instructions to remove them.

What you’ve just experienced is a form of malvertising, malicious pop-up ads that try to convince you to give up personal or financial information or to download malware onto your device.

Is my phone infected?

Your first worry may be that your phone really does have a virus of some sort, but chances are good your phone is fine. The sort of pop-ups we’re talking about are malicious, but they’re not viruses. If you’re still concerned about hacking, then check out our list of seven clear-cut signs that you’ve been hacked.

Android malware is a real issue. If you suspect your problem runs deeper than malvertising in your browser, then follow our steps for removing questionable apps. You can also download and run an anti-virus and anti-malware app like the popular Malwarebytes.

Make sure pop-ups are blocked

Google has been taking steps to protect Chrome browser users from malicious pop-ups that try to direct them away from legitimate sites. Chrome automatically blocks pop-ups by default, but you can double check to make sure the setting is on. Open Chrome and tap the three dots in the upper right-hand corner. Choose Settings and tap on Site settings. Look for the “Pop-ups and redirect” setting and check that it’s set to block.

By Amanda Kooser

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How To Prevent Malware On Your Android

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Here are some of tips & tricks which would help you in preventing malware on your Android Device.

Tip 1: Don’t Install Unknown Apps

The first tip on how to prevent malware on Android is by not installing any application from an unknown and non-trustworthy source. You might get an app link in an email, a text message or even on some spammy sites, We recommend you to stay away from such sources and not to install any APK {Android App Extension} files from such sources.

You never know it may be a malware or even a hackery that may cause some data loss or even hacking of banking applications. This leads us to our next to prevent malware on Android.

Tip 2: Password-Protect Your Phone

This might seem like a pretty normal thing but trust us this can help you from the malicious eyes easily. If your Smartphone has a Fingerprint Sensor or Face Unlock feature, then do use it. This will take your security game to the next level. Although this won’t protect your Android Device from any kind of Analog Hacking or Malware Attack, it does help in keeping your data secure.

Tip 3: Read the permissions

Wait, before you press that “Accept terms and conditions” without even reading them. Next time whenever you install anything on your Android Device, do take a look at all the permissions that the app requires in order to work on your Android Device. There are times when some malicious apps get installed on our phone which requires some unnecessary permissions like accessing the camera, sending and receiving emails. You should stay away from such apps.

Some of these permissions are even scarier than others. Some of the apps are also rumored to record the keystrokes of your Android Keyboard. One can easily grab your important credentials like your Passwords, OTPs, Card Details and more.


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Android devices can also get infected with malware

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The consequences of Android virus can vary from financial losses in case of ransomware or significant decreases in your smartphone’s performance. Typically, the gadget starts to crash, freeze or the battery lasts shorter. Remember that malicious programs often work in the background without your notice. Thus, you should carefully follow the signs of malware infection.

Virus possess an appearance of a genuine app

Recently, Google experts have detected and removed fake workout apps from Google Play which imitated legitimate programs while secretly functioning as Tizi spyware. Even though it mainly targeted Nigeria and Kenya, the rate of Android virus infections has significantly increased over the last months in other countries as well.

It is clear that people might not identify untrustworthy applications which they can get directly from Google Store. Shortly after they install unreliable programs, they receive a request to give administrative rights (API). In other terms, these rights permit the app to do the following actions:

  • Prompt the device’s owner to set a new password;
  • Perform screen lock function or lock the phone/tablet completely;
  • Wipe the data stored on the gadget;
  • Determine which storage area should be encrypted;
  • Disable/enable camera or microphone.

It is clear that the Device Administration (API) allows the application to manage your phone without asking for your approval. For example, why would a flashlight app ask for those rights? Therefore, it is highly recommended to permit Admin rights only for applications from authorized developers. You can easily detect a malicious program if you carefully monitor your actions.

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Android Malware Protection Tips, Advice: Why Users Need the 7.1 Nougat Update ASAP

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The fight against malware and ransomware attacks will be an endless ordeal as technological advancement continues. While the methods used by hackers are advancing at a fast rate, tech companies are also coming up with their own ways to protect users from illegal and damaging software.

According to reports, Google has introduced a security feature specifically made to protect users from threatening malware hidden in their apps. The so-called “Panic Detection” mode in the latest Android update automatically kicks in once the phone detects malicious software. If a malware tries to lock the screen, the feature is activated after multiple presses of the back button are made.

This means that after four consecutive back button presses, the system overrides everything on the screen and leads the user back to the home screen. The new feature is Google’s answer to some malware apps that disable physical buttons in the smartphone.

Forbes noted that the Panic Detection mode is not yet enabled by default. For users who are the tinkering type, they have the option of making minor changes in the feature by heading to their device’s config.xml.


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Android Antivirus: 6 truths about smartphone malware

Android is a hot bed for malicious malware. This malware is so dangerous that it can destroy your phone, and even your life if you’re not careful. The worst part is it’s already happening to you right now! There is no place to hide! It’s everywhere! At least that’s what some people want you to believe. Android malware has been a hot topic for several years.

With just a quick search for “malware” on this site you can find many stories about this topic. There are reports from security companies about Android malware being on the rise,infographics for fighting malware, reports of Google patching holes, and much more. It’s time to set things straight once and for all. This is the truth about Android malware.

1. It exists

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If you are using something that has access to the internet you are susceptible to malware. Windows, Mac, iPhone, and even Blackberry devices are susceptible to malware. Being able to access the internet makes any device a target for malware. Android is no exception. In the past few years there have been cases where Android devices were infected by malware. The most public cases were from Microsoft’s #DroidRage campaign. They held a device giveaway for anyone that was infected with Android malware.

Still, those are extreme (and maybe fake) cases. Despite what you may have heard Android is actually one of the less susceptible platforms out there. It is estimated that less than 0.001% of app installations are able to evade Google’s security measures. Even though the malware exists it’s not a serious concern for most Android users.

2. Google has security

There are some people who think Android is like the Wild West. They think the sheriff, Google, is out-of-town and everyone is free to do as they please. This is obviously not true. Google has advanced security tools with many layers of protection. The 0.001% of apps that do make it pass Google’s security have to make it through all the levels in the chart below.

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That’s 7 layers of security. If the user doesn’t have unknown sources enabled, like most average users don’t, the app won’t even make it past the second level. Android is not the wild west, but it’s not Apple’s walled garden either. Google will let anyone upload an app to the Play Store, but that doesn’t mean they will let it infect your device. They have your back.

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Best Android Security Applications to Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe

024213androidsecuritytitle0 - Best Android Security Applications to Keep Your Mobile Devices SafeAccording to the latest data from security software company McAfee, things are changing. New Android malware samples the company discovered in the first quarter were up 40 percent compared with the previous year. What’s worse, McAfee believes that over the next several years, the number of threats that will impact Android will increase exponentially. In other words, the security war has just begun on the mobile side, and it will be fought mainly on the Android mobile platform. To help mobile users protect their devices, here are 10 Android Security Applications to Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe.

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