If you haven’t been attacked by hackers or your smartphone infected by malicious malware, viruses, you won’t understand how it feels to be in that helpless situation. That’s why it’s advisable to take good protective measures to keep your smartphone safe and secured.
As the number of smartphones increases by the day, so is the number of Malware and hackers. Although hacking is not a bad act but some wicked or adventurous guys are taking advantage of their hacking knowledge to do the bad part of it which really hurts the targeted person. Some of them develop some kind of dangerous viruses and spread them on the internet and via email to test how it will perform while some do it for fun.
At the moment, there are thousands of malware in circulation and millions of smartphones has been affected including PCs. Some of the popular malware in 2017 are the hummingbad, CopyCat, Judy, WanaCry, LeakerLocker and many other ransomware viruses you should watch out for. The latest at the moment is Svpeng, it’s a malware that exploits your mobile banking details to hijack your bank account.
With just Accessibility Services, this banking Trojan gains all necessary permissions and rights to steal lots of data from the infected devices.
The malicious techniques of malware such as Svpeng, Trojan, CopyCat, Judy, hummingbad, etc even work on fully-updated Android devices with the latest Android version and all security updates installed, so it is little users can do in order to protect themselves.
There are standard protection measures you need to follow to remain unaffected or at least have limited chance of being affected by hackers and Malware. Below are the protective measures to take:
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SMARTPHONE FROM BEING HACKED OR ATTACKED BY MALWARE
- Always stick to trusted sources, like Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, but only from trusted and verified developers.
- Most importantly, verify app permissions before installing apps. If any app is asking more than what it is meant for, just do not install it.
- Do not download apps from third party sources, as most often such malware spreads via untrusted third-parties.
- Avoid unknown and unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots and Keep your Wi-Fi turned OFF when not in use.
- Never click on links provided in an SMS, MMS or email. Even if the email looks legit, go directly to the website of origin and verify any possible updates.
- Install a good antivirus app that can detect and block such malware before it can infect your device, and always keep the app up-to-date.
- Stop clicking on Facebook links with s3x and other dirty words
- Watch the url you are visiting carefully. Some sites are phishing sites that pretends to be a known site but they are after your data and information.
- Use a very strong password and different password for different online accounts.
With the above measures, you will strongly limit the possibilities of being attacked by hackers or your device being infected by a malicious malware. Be safe!