Much before virus evolved into something that can put us on ransom and hijack our activities, we knew about viruses that would be infecting our computers and we have to either clean it or do a format. Ultimately, we lose data. We started taking backups later, so when a virus strikes, we can format the hard disk and then retrieve the data from the external source.
Now the scene is completely different. The virus literally seizes your world, and with mobile being the world for many, we have seen dedicated intended to hit the mobile devices. Hackers have shifted their focus. Now we are in a constant fear that somewhere in the vicinity a hacker is likely to take control of your phones and ruin your world/life.
An average man keeps all his data and personal details on the mobile phone because it comes handy for him. The malware that hacker design are exactly for this purpose – to break into your system reads the email, contact information and even gets the feed of your banking apps.
If you don’t act in time it will be too late, your smartphones or table must be sending out information to the hackers. The more you allow it to sit there the more damage it does.
You are at risk and with every passing time its likely to ruin your life. Remember malware doesn’t come with a noise let you know that it is there on your device. It is hidden deep down the mobile apps somewhere and getting its act together. Unfortunately, you are ignorant about it.
How to check if your phone has a virus?
Well, you need not have to check, but there are few symptoms that will give you a fair idea if your phone has a virus.
The apps on your mobile and other devices take up a lot of energy, results in fast exhaustion of the battery. If you experience a sudden drop in battery performance, it’s time you make a scan on the kind of apps on your phone. A particular app must be working overtime. This can be a virus. Act immediately and time to check and ensure that unwanted apps are deleted.
Excess Data usage
The first and foremost sign to know that a phone is carrying virus is by seeing the data usage. You realize that your internet is getting exhausted at a faster rate, then probably it’s the virus that is depleting your share of data. Your mobile is running a lot of tasks in the background and that is eating up your data. Literally, you are paying for the malware as it executes and wreaks havoc.
When you experience that the apps are not working or getting stuck in the middle, it may look strange, but the fact is the app is a malware and it is playing with the device program. Virus infringes with the device operation, and the likely outcome is the crashing of apps. Sometimes you will be bombarded with unwanted apps. The app may look legitimate since it is designed to avoid detection, sometimes you have no idea when it got downloaded. Those are the dubious apps and you should delete immediately.
Take care of the above points and if you experience anything like this, then no-doubt it’s virus and you need to get it cleaned. Install the best antivirus software on your device and be safe.
Is there really such a thing as an Android virus?
Historically carried over from the old PC world, a “virus” is a program that replicates itself by attaching to another program. Hackers often used this method to spread their nefarious work, and virus became a popular term to refer to all types of malicious software (malware) on computers. In the case of smartphones, to date we have not seen malware that replicate itself like a PC virus can, and specifically on Android this does not exist, so technically there are no Android viruses. However, there are many other types of Android malware. Most people think of any malicious software as a virus, even though it is technically inaccurate.
So what is Android malware?
Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to secretly control a device, steal private information or money from the device’s owner. Malware has been used to steal passwords and account numbers from mobile phones, put false charges on user accounts and even track a user’s location and activity without their knowledge. Learn about some of the most notable malware Lookout has blocked in Resources Top Threats.
How would I get malware on my phone?
Through Lookout’s research for the State of Mobile Security 2012, we’ve found that user behavior and geography greatly influence your risk of encountering malware. The safest bet is to stick with downloading well-known apps from well-known apps from reputable markets like Google Play in addition to having a security app. Fraudsters make it their job to disguise malware as innocent-looking mobile apps on app stores and websites. So if you’re thinking that it’s a good idea to download a just-published, supposedly free version of Angry Birds you found on a random Chinese app store, it’s probably not. Once installed, these apps may appear to work just as described, but they are can be busy with additional secret tasks. Some apps start out clean, but are given malicious capabilities after a seemingly routine software update.
And conscientious app downloading won’t always minimize your risk. Sneaky, drive-by-download sites can download a potentially malicious app file without any user intervention. Safe Browsing in Lookout Premium for Android will block web-based threats like that, but even so, you also shouldn’t install random downloads from your download manager that you didn’t expect to find there.
How can I protect myself and my mobile device?
It’s pretty simple to minimize the risk of encountering malware, and we’ve got 5 simple mobile security tips right here. The top two ways to protect yourself are to download a mobile security app like Lookout to catch those pesky “phone viruses” and to be judicious about what apps you download and were you download them from. Lookout will scour your phone or tablet for any existing malware, and also examine every new app you download to ensure it is safe. But even before you let Lookout scan your newly downloaded app, you should only download apps from sites you trust, check the ratings and read reviews to make sure they’re widely used and respected.
So, should you worry about getting a phone virus? Nope, because they technically don’t exist. (If they ever do crop up, Lookout will weed them out.) And should you worry about the more accurately termed malware? Well, with a little bit of awareness and Lookout on your phone and by your side, you can keep malware and other mobile threats at bay.