Android operating system powers a huge percentage of the computer world. However, its openness exposes devices to Trojan and malware. Hackers can manipulate the Android systems using downloadable Apps to spread viruses to the users. Just like any other computer system, Android users can apply checks and balances available to guard their gadgets against harmful viruses.
The Senior Customer Success Manager of Semalt DIgital Services, Artem Abgarian, describes five simple steps to secure Android devices from malware and virus-infected applications.
1. Never install Apps you do not know
Think twice before installing any App on the Android device. While some applications linked via email, social media or on a website may be very useful, the installation of little known-about applications may expose the user to malware and viruses. Android user should research widely using forums, blogs, and social media to see the rating and general comments about the invited installations coming from spammy text messages and shared links.
2. Install apps from reputed app stores such as Google Play
Conducting random download of the application from the internet increases the possibility of contracting viruses and Trojan for the Android device. Some website promise to provide a paid application for free or similar attractive deals can result into downloading malware-laden applications. The practice of using Google Play, Amazon Appstore and other reputable ensures limited exposure to malware and viruses just like buying food from trusted food stores minimises the risk from ill-laden food products.
3. Check the Android settings on "Install from Unknown Sources"
By default, the Android devices are set to block the installation of applications from sources other than the Google Play. The devices pop up a threat message when a suspicious application from unknown source is about to install. The user can allow the installation by selection in the device's settings. This allows the user to carry out a background check on the credibility of the App before installation to ensure security against malware and viruses.
To ensure security for the Android device, never change the default settings to block suspicious apps unless the source is secure.
4. Read the permission required by the app
Downloaded applications on an Android device need permissions before installation. Permission varies depending on the use of the app in the device. They may require authorization to access contacts for calls, texts and email communication or camera, GPS, and the internet for the designed purpose. apps that ask for permission to carry out suspicious activities may threaten the security of the user. The apps may install viruses and Trojans to cause serious harm.
5. Install virus scanner to check the security
The question of whether to make use of the many antivirus apps available online to monitor and protect devices from viruses and malware is debatable. Applications from the Google store undergone serious security scanning to ensure users have protection from Trojan and malware. However, some applications purchased off the Google Play may contain harmful viruses.
The installation of security providing apps with extra features such as the ability to locate and wipe a lost phone besides protection from malware and Trojan can be helpful.
Protection from viruses is not difficult. Just be watchful.
How has the coronavirus outbreak disrupted your life? And how are you dealing with it? Write to us or send us a video with subject line 'Coronavirus Disruption' to firstname.lastname@example.org