Malware is a malicious software that is designed to damage or disrupt the system of your computer or mobile device. They include virus, spyware, Trojan horses and more. Once the malware enters the mobile phones, it can perform a variety of unwanted activities like stealing your important data or contact list, disrupt the operation of your phone, and even steal your money by making unwanted calls or sending SMS messages.
Among the mobile phones malware attacks, Android is the most targeted mobile operating system by malware developers and hackers. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to prevent the malware from infiltrating your Android device.
- Don’t install and download apps from unknown sources unless you are sure it is safe
Many apps from unknown sources contain malware that once installed can steal information and cause harm to your device. So never download and install apps from outside of Google play and Amazon App store for Android unless you’re sure that the site is safe for download.
- Check the reviews and ratings of the app by other users
Before downloading an app, read the reviews from other users as people will give a negative review and low rating if the app contains malware.
- Understand app permissions before accepting them
Permissions are a key to any mobile application. These permissions are crucial to the overall security of your system. If any of the permissions seem a little odd, such as a wallpaper app wanting to make phone calls or send SMS messages, then it’s best to not install the app.
- Install an Antivirus app on your device
Make sure that you have an antivirus app installed on your Android device. The tools can detect potential phishing websites, provides information about the kind of permissions other apps are requesting, and have anti-loss tool that can help to locate your lost or stolen device.
- Don’t root the device
Rooting an Android device does has some advantages. However, this break the security model and allowing all apps, including malicious app, to access the data owned by other applications.
See also: 5 Best Free Antivirus Apps for Android