Android is the most common operating system among mobile phone users which makes them a top target among cybercriminals. This stems from being able to download apps from anywhere online. These apps can be created by anyone and can be spread all over the internet.

Here are four tips for preventing Malware from infecting your device.

 

  1. Use the Google Play Store to download apps.  Google has an entire division dedicated to examining apps for malware and other issues before they enter the Play Store. Sometimes an app containing malware may slip through, but downloading an app from here is far less risky than elsewhere.
  2. Observe reviews and ratings from app users.  Five star ratings and positive reviews are what users look for when downloading apps, but you should take a closer look before downloading.  Scam apps use Trojans to up their ratings and to post bogus reviews.  Look for patterns such as the same positive review posted multiple times in a row or reviews using very few words.
  3. Pick apps from trustworthy creators.  Sometimes it’s a good idea to look up app creators before downloading one of their apps.  Big business makes sure to thoroughly analyze their apps for imperfections or evidence of malware.  This process is necessary when striving for a reputable business.
  4. Take a close look at app permissions when installing.  Each Android app has permissions it asks for when you install them.  Risky permissions include an app’s power to save your data or to take picture or to record audio.  Before downloading,  ask yourself if the app truly needs access to the requested functions.

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