Just a week ago, reports were talking about an Android Trojan that was capable of recording phone conversations, storing the recordings on the device’s SD card. The malware also included a configuration file with information on a remote server and settings used by the Trojan.
Apparently, malware targeting Android devices is getting bigger every day. A recent report from Lookout mobile security specialists reveals that Android users’ risk of encountering malware has doubled in the past six months.
The reason? The fact that Android is a little bit too accessible, allowing developers to upload apps in Android market. This open nature may be good for attracting developers, but it seems to also attract malware creators.
Android Trojans don’t just come out of nowhere, they infect your device after you’ve downloaded and installed an app. But one could hardly tell which app is trustworthy and which one brings along malware. With some inputs from PCMag, we have listed some important tips for you to tell the difference between the two and avoid getting your Android infected:
1. Find accurate information about the developer
When the first ‘bad guy’ appeared on the Android Market, the apps that contained it were from developers named Kingmall2010 or we20090202. Before downloading an app, look up the name of the developer. If there is no real logo or the developer is unheard of, then you should probably kiss the app goodbye.
2. Be Extra-Careful With Free Games
Everyone wants to play a game or two and if the app is cheap or for free, that’s even better. Actually, Trojans are often hosted by free versions of paid games. Instead of paying with your security later on, you should take the right measures and pay some money for safe gaming.
3. Examine App Permission Requests
If the app requests for some extra permission, for instance, asking to see your contact list in order to play a game, than you should probably stay away. Read the app permissions carefully and if something looks suspicious, check what it has access to on Manage Applications.
4. Negative Reviews
Pay attention to reviews from other users. If more users say it’s malware or it’s something suspicious about it, then it’s probably true. Just in case, think twice before you download it.
5. Location Criteria
6. Secure Your System With an Anti-Virus
There are plenty anti-virus solutions available on the Android market, paid and free. The one I use is Anti-Virus Free and it has served me well so far. Just don’t exaggerate, choose only one and remember to perform periodical scans.
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7. Don’t Forget To Update
Be sure to update every time Android has a new version released as the team at Google might have improved the security and it could defend your smartphone without the need of extra defense. Most smartphones have this feature in settings, you just have to enable it.
If something bad does happen, you should be able to back up your data, therefore don’t save very important information inside your smartphone or tablet as it could get lost or even stolen from you. But, if you follow closely all the above steps, then you shouldn’t have to worry about this.