While many smartphone users take extreme care to protect their computers from malware and viruses, the same can’t be said for their smartphones. Many users think of their phones as a mini computer, but still fail to take the proper precautions for protection. With the latest round of malware affecting Android smartphones, it’s plain to see that something needs to be done. Let’s take a closer look at the latest threats as well as how to protect your smartphone.
The Latest Malware Scams
Two malware scams have recently came to the forefront and it seems the attacks are being targeted at Android smartphones. Named Loozfon and FinFisher, these threats can not only affect your phone, but may affect the phones of your contacts as well. The first piece of malware in question, Loozfon, uses the promise of online work from home jobs to lure smartphone users to the website, where the malware is loaded onto the phone. The malware then accesses the information of the user’s contacts and the user.
FinFisher is a bit different in that the spyware is installed onto the phone in order for the attacker to be able to remotely control the phone. The malware may be placed on the phone after visiting a certain website or the user may receive a text message with a link that leads to a supposedly important update. Of course, both of these scams are just two of the newest malware scams to affect smartphone users. There are many more out there waiting for the opportunity to infect your phone.
How to Keep Your Smartphone Safe
There are a number of things you can to be more proactive in keeping your smartphone free of malware.
- Read the phone’s manual. While this certainly isn’t the most exciting part of being a smartphone user, it can help you protect your phone from malware by knowing and understanding the different features and settings.
- Practice common computer sense. If you wouldn’t do it on your computer, don’t do it on your phone. This includes downloading strange software, visiting iffy websites, etc.
- Check the reviews before downloading apps. There are millions of apps available for smartphones, but not all of them are safe. Read the reviews from other customers before downloading.
- Download from safe sources. You also want to make sure that you download apps from safe sources, such as Amazon’s App Store or Google Play.
- Add passwords to your phone. This can help protect the phone should it get stolen.
- Install malware protection from a trusted source.Do not jailbreak or root your phone. This disrupts built-in settings that could make your device more vulnerable.
- Use secure wireless networks. While you may be able to access a wireless connection at your favorite coffee shop it doesn’t mean you should. This opens your phone to hackers and could result in stolen passwords and other confidential information.
- Keep your phone and apps updated. Your phone and phone’s software receives updates for a reason and often it’s to protect your phone from hackers.
The latest round of malware attacks should serve as a reminder that you need to protect your smartphone the same way you protect your computer. Chances are you use your phone to check your bank account and other sensitive information, which means you want to take as many precautions as possible to keep your phone safe. Don’t put it off another day. Start making your phone secure now.