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Four ways you can protect your Android device from Malware

Android Malware
Four ways you can protect your Android device from Malware
Malware is the biggest threat to your Android smartphone, they are meant for stealing your device data and credit card details. So before we move ahead find out what exactly malware is, according to Wikipedia, “Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising. Before the term malware was coined by Yisrael Radai in 1990, malicious software was referred to as computer viruses. The first category of malware propagation concerns parasitic software fragments that attach themselves to some existing executable content. The fragment may be machine code that infects some existing application, utility, or system program, or even the code used to boot a computer system. Malware is defined by its malicious intent, acting against the requirements of the computer user, and does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency.”




Now when you are aware of the malware, next question is, how we can protect ourselves from this malware? In this article, we are going to talk about the five such things that you should do to protect your device from the malware.


Employ A VPN On Public Wi-Fi




With every day increasing free wi-fi hotspots around the city, using public Wi-Fi is becoming popular, but Trend Micro encourages users to employ a VPN, as it protects data "sending and receiving through encryption."

Get A Good Antivirus App

Finding a good antivirus app is a solid step to ensure an Android device remains secure. With good options from Avast, McAfee, Kaspersky available, picking and choosing the one with the right features is easy. With several companies offering packages for a mobile device and a computer, a yearly subscription can provide coverage for all devices.


Use Legitimate Sites to Download Apps




Heading to the Google Play Store is the preferred and primary method to find Android apps. However, with "DressCode" spreading to more than 400 apps on Google Play Store according to Trend Micro a few precautions need to be adopted. This includes checking reviews associated with the app before downloading them because infected apps are often downloaded by users who do not check the problems already pointed out by others.

Use Updated Operating System

Making sure the operating system on the mobile device has been updated to the latest version. Google and smartphone manufacturers are always sending out "bug fixes and enhancements" designed to keep devices secure.

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