If the claims of mobile security company Bluebox is anything to go by, a vulnerability in Android could potentially lead to 99% of current Android devices open to attacks. The vulnerability involves modification of an app’s code and then exploiting users data. This is nothing new, (Google has been aware of its threat since early this year), and although device manufacturers have the responsibility to issue updates that will fix the bug, only Samsung has made efforts and that too only on the Galaxy S 4.
As an Android user, you can stay safe from Android malware by taking some precautions yourself. After all, Android malware doesn’t simply fall into your phone from outside, but rather gain access when you install malicious apps. Here are some guidelines and tips that you need to know to protect your device from Android malware.
How to Protect Your Device from Android Malware
Avoid Dodgy Websites
Porn sites are an active zone for picking up malicious stuff. Most mobile users who stray into these websites can be assured they’ve transported a malware back on to their devices. And that’s just one example. Bluecoat Security constantly updates its blog with various suspicious websites that users must avoid. If you feel that the website you are visiting is not a clean site, just stay away. You’ll definitely avoid a whole lot of trouble that way.
Avoid Downloading Apps from 3rd Party Android Stores
Just stick to the Google Play Store to download your applications and programs. Third party app stores have been found to be the leading source of common Android malware such as Fake Installers, which pose as legitimate apps. Although the Play Store also faces the problem, they are more responsible in taking down infected apps when compared to third party Android app stores.
Avoid Apps that Ask for Unwanted Permissions
A majority of the apps that are installed ( even from Google Play) ask for permissions. Before you install the application, check to see the developers notes on permissions. Also check user reviews and credibility of the developers before installing the app. If you sense something amiss, just stay away from the app.
Always Have the Latest Latest Android Version
The defragmented Android ecosystem is one of the biggest contributors of Android malware. The latest OS updates and patches fail to reach many Android devices due to the limitations posed by hardware and manufacturer test delays. Almost 77% of Android malware appear to be premium SMS based malware that automatically sends a paid SMS from your device. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update alerts users when a premium SMS is about to be sent, thus preventing users from getting cheated.
Install an Android Malware Security Program
Stay safe with an anti virus app installed on your device. TrusttGo; Lookout; Norton Mobile Security and Trend Micro’s Mobile Security are definitely one of the best ones to install although you can choose from many others as well.
I hope these guidelines will help in your quest for Android malware protection and security and you have a safe and happy mobile computing experience.