Locking Down Your Smartphone to Avoid Smartphone Malware PDF Print E-mail

Most smartphone users have quite an amount of personal information in their handsets. Most Android phones have photos, phone contacts, messages, Facebook accounts, Twitter and the like. All this is valuable to the users and criminals target them in an attempt to compromise their security and obtain personal information for malicious use. As a result of all this, android phones are hit with Trojan horses and other types of malware.

The security of phones is not considered as important as that of a computer and to make matters worse the mobile malware is still in its early stages so one may be unaware when it strikes. Users of smartphones are highly recommended to download a security app which can protect them from cyber criminals and other malicious attacks and while most of these security apps are usually accessible free of charge.

Installing an antivirus program is the first step you need to take. It comes with features like remote wipe which helps you securely remove all data stored on your phone in case of loss. It also supports the GPS tracking for finding it if stolen or misplaced and SMS spam blocking to filter the incoming emails. Scanning for malware is of course the primary responsibility of the antivirus.

One of the popular and free applications is called "Lookout Mobile Security". It scans automatically the new applications you install on your phone and any existing malware threats. The ones that are not for free and need subscription to access include Symantec Norton Mobile Security (beta version), AVG Antivirus and McAfee wave secure.

iPhone owners need not to worry about malware since Apple is strict on what is on sale at their app stores. However, you never know what might come up along the way so security for your phone is mandatory.

One of the mobile security apps from Apple is called Find my iPhone as part of iCloud services. It offers tracking and remote- wipe service. This is offered to any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch owner free of charge. This app can lock and remotely delete information saved in your smartphone. The GPS can track it, set a pass code remotely and locate it anywhere around or inside the house by displaying an on screen message with an alarm sound.

Others method just involves being aware of the dangers and using sound judgment when considering downloads or leaving the house.

"Keep calm and carry on," but take this opportunity to learn about the new dangers facing users of Android smartphones. Here are some vital security measures that will protect your computer-phone from malicious software.

  • Lock down your handset. Set a password, PIN, fingerprint, or pattern lock - whatever security measures are available on your phone, use them. When your phone is locked it is safe.
  • Choose and use an antivirus scanner. Heretofore excused as pointless, antivirus scanner apps such as Lookout will now be an important line of defense when downloading other apps. There are some further recommendations for these below.
  • Research reviews for apps before downloading - also look into the developer's history. A developer with one or two apps to their name and a poor description are all red flags.
  • Examine permissions before downloading. Make sure the permissions correspond to the tasks being performed by the potential app. If something doesn't match up, it's best to move on.
  • Limit Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. When you leave your house, disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to limit outside network access to your device. Set it so that you have to give a mobile hotspot or foreign network your permission to connect.
  • Limit screen timeout setting. Setting the screen timeout to one minute or fewer limits access to your phone's computer one minute after you are no longer actively using it. When malware
  • Steer away from installing APK files. APK is a file format that represents Android Package Files. APKs are part of the shining genius of the Android opensource philosophy allowing amateur developers to contribute to the application-building industry. It does have a dark side now, though. The same element that makes APKs a great opportunity for legitimate devs is the same thing that allows the criminal element to easily mold their destructive codes into an APK structure that will deceive unwary users.
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