All of a sudden, everybody is talking about malwares and ransomwares like ‘WannaCry’. But it’s not new, not even for smartphones. Did you know one in ten apps is infected with Android malware? Scary, right? Now, think about how many apps do you have in your phone? Could your phone be infected by malwares? To find that out, we need to understand what they are first.
What’s a malware?
Malware is malicious software that intends to disrupt damage and even gain illegal access to a mobile or a computer. In most cases malwares are attached to software or an app you install on your device.
What can they do?
Most malwares are designed to illegally steal your personal details. This information can either be held against some sort of ransom or sold to advertisement companies to target you. Another very common type of malware sends out texts to premium-rate numbers from your phone. These numbers charge extra for calls and messages.
Why phones need better protection
Recent studies show that while more than 50% computers have anti-virus installed, only 5% of phones have the same protection. On the other hand, your phone has more personal information than your PC since there’s an app for everything. So, it only makes sense that your phone should be protected just as well, right?
How to avoid malwares
There are a few simple things that you can do to avoid malwares:
1> Always keep your phone updated because android keeps sending out fixes for bugs and loopholes that can be exploited
2> Your phone should also have an anti-virus from a reputed company
3> Install apps only from trusted app stores
4> If side-loading an app, make sure it’s from a trusted developer
5> Keep an eye out for apps asking for unnecessary permissions
6> Don’t click on any suspicious pop-up ads, or reply to unsolicited emails or texts
What to do if infected?
If your phone starts draining out of battery faster than ever, heats up without any operation, or your call and data bills are larger than it should be, then that is a sign of a malware. If you are sure your phone is infected, then you should start with uninstalling any suspicious apps (most recent ones first). You can additionally scan your phone for malware with a good anti-virus app. If nothing works, you can always back-up your data and factory reset the phone.