Android Mobile Phones Malware PDF Print E-mail

Smartphone malware is not yet regarded as a big threat, but its coming. Malicious software is jumping from PCs to android mobile phones, malware makers target the smartphone platform in anticipation of making a quick buck. And if you can remember the infected Droid­Dream and Plankton Android apps, an infected app that was released into the Android Market with ability to infect several thousand android cellphone users' before anyone could detect the existence of the malware.

While taking note of the DroidDream incident, numerous phones that downloaded the software infected with a Trojan horse and rooted their phone and later on gave vital data like the user's location and cell phone numbers to a remote server. The very same day, Google destroyed the contaminated apps in the Android Market, and washed away the apps from phones remotely. It later issued an update to re-pair the damage which the DroidDream Trojan horse had done.

How to shield yourself

The safest way is of course to avoid unknown apps and if necessary, research apps and their publishers in detail before tapping the download button. Before you install an app, you should ensure that the apps avails a list of authorizations for services that the app should access on your phone. For example, if an app prompts to access an alarm clock, it doesn't need to access your phone's contacts list. And if something in the consent screen looks suspicious, ensure thorough precautions before you download the app.

Touch screen on android mobile phones can be very dangerous when you are surfing on the net, hence you should be on the look out of what you click while surfing the web. Some time in June, a mobile security company 'Lookout' exposed malicious advertisements aimed at android smartphone users and deliberate to swindle them into installing infected apps. A few types of mobile antivirus software, such as Lookout Mobile Security, have features aimed to protect you from malware such as these.

It is however advisable to install antivirus software on your android phone. Most big-household security companies such as McAfee, AVG, and Sy­­mantec have a downloadable cellphone app for protecting your smartphone. Aside from guarding against malware, these apps include vital abilities such as to lock and wash your phone remotely. When you purchase a new phone; it's a better to install antivirus software before you add any other apps. And you'll tremendously reduce your phone's ability to get phished against malware activities.

Since malware is increasingly rising for the Android platform day by day, you must pay firm attention to what is going on your phone or tablet. Smartphones are basically computers - and all PCs are at risk to viruses, phishing, including various attacks from malicious software.

Here are quick ways to keep your Android phone free of malware

Find out the app's publisher: What other apps does the publisher offer? Does the publisher run its own website? What are the kinds of apps on offer, do they look fishy? If so, you may probably consider staying away. Go through online reviews, but take note that Android Market reviews should not be fully trusted. Browse through to see what highly regarded websites like AppBrain, PCWorld, or AppLib are saying about such like app before you click on the download button.

Always authenticate app permissions: Before you download or update an app, you should see a list of consents for it. For example, an alarm clock app perhaps shouldn't need to look on your contacts. The general law of thumb: If an app is requesting for too much what it requires to do, then it's advisable to skip it.

Stay away from directly installing Android Package files (APKs): for example when Angry Birds came to Android initially, you could download it only by using a third-party app store and "sideloading" it, having the app installed by using an APK file. Even though Angry Birds wasn't malware, as a general rule it's not recommended downloading and installing APK files from third-party sites or app stores. Usually you won't notice what the file contains until you've finally installed the file - and by then it will be too late.

Have a malware and antivirus scanner installed on your phone:a number of different big-name security companies by now offer mobile-security solutions, which several of them are free. Antivirus apps for example the "Lookout Mobile Security" can scan your smartphone and be certain that no malware is installed. In addition, most of the utilities have features that allow you to trace your phone - and conceivably even remotely lock it and clean your personal data, if you'll end up losing the handset.

Watch out for scams:whether you agree, your Android phone is prone to malicious sites, phishing scams, which are driven by downloads, similar to PCs. Malicious sites regularly try to cheat people into entering sensitive personal information; even more frustrating, still, is some sites' ability to go ahead and automatically download malware right to your phone. Since most phones are small, hence the smaller screen; and users more likely to click a wary link on a phone than when browsing using a PC



 
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