We’re not making a case for which virus/malware app you should have on your Android device, only to say you SHOULD have one, Why? With more Android devices sold over the festive season it stands to reason that there will be new Android users getting to know their device. It’s OK for the seasoned user who over the past few years is well accomplished at knowing where to go and what to do when things go wrong (well most of the time). But what about the new user, where do they go, what do they do?
With all the notifications going around regarding viruses and malware it’s becoming a must have app, in fact I would say it should be the very first app you install on your device.
There is of course a plethora of apps on the Google play Store, ranging from free to paid apps for the standard virus checking to malware, video watch, data monitoring and cloud sharing. Checkout the reviews on them to get a feeling of what other users think.
So why is it so important to have a protection app on your device? A news story from the BBC that Cyber-thieves are using games including Angry Birds to turn Android phones into spam-sending drones.
Once installed, the booby-trapped app contacts a web server for a list of phone numbers then starts sending junk text messages to them. Angry Birds Space, Need for Speed Most Wanted and many other games have been used in the attack.
The protection they give includes,
Prevents mobile threats before they can infect your Android device
Protects your device with one easy-to-use web-based service
Helps you to safeguard the personal stuff stored on their mobile devices
Helps you to retrieve your misplaced, lost, or stolen mobile devices
Don’t go to any sites that offer cheap priced apps they’re more than likely to contain malware, even Google play store is not free from them as noted today with a post on reddit about malware incorporated into some apps
One of the first things to do After installing protection is to visit a forum for your device, a quick Google search will bring up the necessary results. To save you time if it’s a smartphone you have, is to look on your PC/Laptop (make for easy reading) to save on your data plan. Or if you have a Tablet with Wi-Fi then search on it. Forums have lots of information on viruses / malware.
On the subject of misplaced, lost, or stolen mobile devices, checkout your Bank card as lots of cards now come with free protection, (although you’re paying for it in the long run.) if you have car rescue / travel protection etc. Then you should be able to have your device added.
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