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5 Ways To Protect/guard Your Android Smartphone Or Tablet Against Malware Attack

01 Sep

The Android platform is currently the
most popular OS in the world today, over
half of all smartphone runs on the
Android OS. It is so popular that if your
tablet or smartphone isn’t running on iOS
then it’s mostly likely running on Android.
Android is an open source operating
system which means any phone
manufacturer can easily modify it the way
they want and it also allows any
developer to release their own app. Why
this might sound like a good thing you
might also want to consider some of the
disadvantages as it leaves the OS
exposed to harms like malware’s.
Aside the OS being open to third party
developers, the popularity of the Android
OS is also another reason why most cyber
criminals focus more attention on it
compared to other OS. Malware attack
can be so bad that when an Android
phone is infected cyber criminals can
easily intercept messages, monitor phone
calls, steal personal information. It even
go as far as constantly intercepting with
the regular phone activities thereby
leading to excessive data usage, phone
lagging, overheating, battery Draining and
with time it can even render the phone
almost useless.
Although viruses doesn’t exist on the
Android platform, but malware does. And
that is one thing that makes the Android
OS a bit more secured. While virus can
easily attack without the owners consent,
malware need a the owners approval
before it can gain access into your device.
So what this means is that with the right
knowledge, malware can be prevented
from attacking your Android smartphone.
Am going to list a few Tips to help
safeguard your Android smartphone from
potential threats and I will also try to do
that in details.
Ways To Protect Your Android Device
Against Malware
=> 1. Download Your Apps From
Reliable Source :
This is where the whole problem starts
from. Downloading apps from untrusted
sources can pose a big threat to your
device. It’s always advisable to download
your apps from trusted stores like
Samsung, G store, Amazon and most
advisably play store, as this stores
regularly perform security checks on their
apps. And even though sometimes
malware can still find their way in, Google
play store for instance still has the ability
to uninstall an app from your phone when
it suspects any harm.
==> 2. Always Read And Understand
App Permissions
This is also one other thing a lot of
Android users do neglect. Whenever you
are Installing an app from play store or
even side loading it through a third party
source, a list of Permissions that the app
is requesting for will always be displayed
before you click on the install button. It’s
always advisable to go through the whole
Permission list before you click on agree
and if you notice anything suspicious it’s
advisable you ignore the app or seek for
more info online.
For instance I don’t see any reason why a
calculator app will need your location or a
wallpaper app will ask for permission to
view your contact or messages.
Google has even made it more easier on
devices running on Android version 5.1
and above as you can easily edit app
Permissions by enabling it under your
security settings. This allows you
individually personalise how certain apps
are granted certain Permissions.
==> 3. Always Disable Installation
From Unknown Sources
Just like I said earlier, before malware can
gain access into any Android device, it
needs the approval of the user. It always
advisable to turn off “installation from
unknown sources” under security settings
on your phone
Once that is disabled, no third party app
can be installed on your Android device
unless you enable it.
==> 4. Enable Google App Verification
This is an extra measure introduced by
Google since Android version 2.2 to help
verify apps before they are been installed
on your device. Although this is usually
enabled by default but most times some
people tend to disable it. When enabled,
Google will always scan all installation
from third party and warn you of any
potential threat when found.
In case this is disabled on your phone,
just open Google settings app from your
app drawer and enable it under security
settings.
==> 5. Always install anti malware
apps
While those tips above might go a long
way in helping you safeguard your device,
they might still not be enough to protect
your smartphone from malicious apps.
Many trusted names like Avast, AVG,
BitDefender, Kaspersky, Sophos, Norton
and a few others have really been around
for sometime now. They have different
security teams that are always research
round the clock just to make sure your
device is as safe and secured as possible.
It’s advisable to always have at least one
of this on your Android device for added
security. Most of this apps even offer
more services like anti theft protection,
device tracking, remote wiping among
others.
Bonus: while all those points mentioned
above might be very effective, the most
effective of them all is your common
sense. Try as much as possible to stay
away from pirated apps and anytime you
notice any suspicious activity on any of
your installed apps the first thing you
should always do is to completely
uninstall it before seeking for help.
Most times reading other people’s
comments before you download or install
any app can also go a long way in
protecting you again unknown dangers.
I might have omitted a few points up
there but am pretty sure if you follow
those guide lines mentioned above then
your device will be free from any form of
malicious application.

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