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There have been multiple reports suggesting Android malware attacks may lead to severe data theft and are susceptible to malware.
Android users were advised in recently that technology experts have discovered pre-installed malware loaded into millions of phones. These malware programs can control Android devices and download applications and commit ad fraud.
But consumers hardly understand the safety threats, as some latest ones spread via apps discovered in the Google Play Store. Android is the most common mobile operating system in the globe as over two billion people use it every month.
It is worth noting that six Android apps downloaded almost 90 million times from the Google Play Store have been reported to be loaded with a new malware named ‘PreAMo.’ After the recent discovery of Agent Smith malware that targets Android devices to bombard them with advertising. It was found that 50 malware-filled apps on Google Play Store affected more than 30 million Android devices.
So if you’re an Android user, know that there’s another warning about a malware threat that’s been found in millions of phones that run the Google mobile OS after the malicious software.
A security specialist on Google Project Zero, Maddie Stone, disclosed at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas that pre-installed malware had been found on 7.4 million Android phones, as Cnet said in an online article.
Furthermore, Stone said the malware was discovered on the use of software from third parties on budget devices. She said, “If malware or security issues can make its way as a pre-installed app, then the damage it can do is greater, and that’s why we need so much reviewing, auditing and analysis.”
Millions of Android devices were already impacted. Stone stated that these applications could also spy on Android users by disabling Google Play Protect.
“If you are able to infiltrate the supply chain out of the box, then you already have as many infected users as the number of devices they sell. That’s why it’s a scarier prospect, and I really hope more researchers join us in vetting these processes,” said Stone.
However, it is worth mentioning that Android partners such as Samsung and LG, as well as the Pixel phones owned by Google, are probably secure from malware assaults of this type. Although budget phone manufacturers that depend on third-party software might be susceptible.
How to safeguard your phone from these malware attacks?
Here are 10 simple ways to safeguard your phone;
- Update your OS, browsers, and Apps.
- Use a VPN on public networks.
- Remove any apps you don’t use.
- Keep an eye on the emails, to prevent phishing attacks.
- Do not call fake tech support numbers.
- Do not believe cold callers.
- Use strong passwords and/or password managers.
- Make sure you’re on a secure connection.
- Log out of websites after you’re done.
- Avoid downloading apps from outside the Google Play Store.
- Anirudh is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Clickdotme. He does not like describing himself in the third-person and had a hard time coming up with these two sentences!