Having an Android phone has numerous benefits, where one of the biggest ones is how open it is. However, having the ability to install third-party apps comes with a set of risks. Security experts have documented a spike of malware present on Android-powered devices.
One of the well-known digital security companies called Check Point Software says that more than 50,000 fraudulent apps are installed each day. These apps show 20 million malicious advertisements each day and generate more than $300,000 per month in revenue.
According to the latest data, there are over 10 million devices infected, worldwide.
Still, there are other reasons why someone should keep away from malware. Android phones are known for their problems with performance, especially when it comes to middle-range smartphones. Having malware on top of that can greatly reduce performance, which is why you should do a regular sweep for malicious code.
What is important to be said is that Android isn’t as open as many users believe. Google’s mobile operating system is sandboxed, which means that malware can’t easily find a way into your system code. To get infected, you have to allow a malicious app to spread files.
This is usually done by downloading and installing third-party apk files from websites. For example, the newest mobile craze is a prime example of how this happens. Pokémon Go has taken over the world despite being only available in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
Users in other regions looking to try out this game could easily encounter an infected edition of this app by downloading it from somewhere else than Google’s Play Store.
In case you believe you have malware on your Android device, here is some advice on what to do in order to safely remove it. The first would be to download an antivirus app from the Play Store. There is a large choice of antiviruses made by well-known companies like Norton and Avast. These apps scan your phone’s contents and can easily and safely remove infected data.
If you have a reason to believe that malware is still present on your phone even after you’ve scanned it using an antivirus, you can do a factory reset. The factory wipe of all your data will most definitely eliminate any potentially harmful files.
However, this means that all your personal data will be erased as well. This is why it’s always a good idea to have it backed up online. Google is doing a good job of automatically uploading your phone’s data, but you need to enable photo and video upload. This way, once you restore your phone, you can easily download your files and media, and continue where you left off.
The only good advice is not to download any questionable apps, as well as to use Google’s Play Store for all your app needs. Stick with popular apps only, where you easily see their ratings and user reviews. This way you will be using your smartphone problem-free for a very long time.