Is your android phone vulnerable to hackers? Learn how to defend yourself

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Mobile phones have become common. Their growing popularity has attracted cyber criminals and hackers too. Sadly, android is being hailed as the most popular platform that has caught the attention of these cyber criminals. As a result, your android phone is vulnerable to attack. And this can be dangerous. However, the good news is that with the tips given here, you can avert any such attacks, and thus safeguard your privacy.
Given below are three techniques to protect your android Smartphone against vulnerabilities

Text Messaging
Android users are addicted to text messaging. In fact, surveys show that people use text messaging more frequently than they use calls. Also, users associate more trust to sending and receiving text messages. That is why users do not question following the links given in certain text messages. And sometimes clicking on such a link may install malware onto the Android phone.
WebKit is the HTML rendering engine used on Android Smartphones. This, however, has a loophole allows attackers control Android 2.2 phones. Crowdstrike, a security organization, demonstrated this flaw by sending text message to users inviting them to follow a link (that had malware). When users clicked on the link, their phone installed the malware.
Tip: Do not click the links in text messages unless you are sure of their whereabouts. The same applies for emails and QR codes.

Malicious Apps

The trend for downloading android app shows that most users download apps for their Android phones from an “app store” such as Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. However, users also download apps from other stores, which are not as trustworthy as Google or Amazon. The biggest issue for other stores is that the submission process is boring, thus allowing apps with malware to pose as genuine ones.
One of the common attacks of such malicious apps is that they secretly send text messages to premium numbers, thus costing them huge bills, and generating cash for cyber criminals. Thanks to Bouncer, Google’s answer to malicious malware, the situation is under control. This system rejects apps from Google Play if it has malware.

Tip: Download apps only from trustworthy stores. Read apps reviews, and also observe the permission requirements of apps.

Application vulnerabilities

Software and bugs often come together. Bugs are actually coding errors, which are quite normal, such as reboot, app freeze etc. The problem arises when apps containing bugs make our phones vulnerable to attack or reveal private information. Apps like Google Wallet, Adobe Flash, and Skype have shown tendency to get influenced by software bugs that attack personal data or create a window for hackers to install malware.
Tip: Install apps that you really need. Some users install one and all apps for social networking. Also, ensure you update the app from time to time. Using the latest version of an app reduces the chances of bug attack.

Conclusion

Your mobile phone contains private data- contacts, text messages, pictures etc. It is important to protect your phone from malware and hackers. Follow the techniques give here and keep your phone guarded.

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