Android Mobile Phones Malware Reality Check PDF Print E-mail

Smartphone malware is not yet regarded as a big threat, but its coming. Malicious software is jumping from PCs to android mobile phones, malware makers target the smartphone platform in anticipation of making a quick buck. And if you can remember the infected Droid­Dream and Plankton Android apps, an infected app that was released into the Android Market with ability to infect several thousand android cellphone users' before anyone could detect the existence of the malware.

While taking note of the DroidDream incident, numerous phones that downloaded the software infected with a Trojan horse and rooted their phone and later on gave vital data like the user's location and cell phone numbers to a remote server. The very same day, Google destroyed the contaminated apps in the Android Market, and washed away the apps from phones remotely. It later issued an update to re-pair the damage which the DroidDream Trojan horse had done.

How to shield yourself

The safest way is of course to avoid unknown apps and if necessary, research apps and their publishers in detail before tapping the download button. Before you install an app, you should ensure that the apps avails a list of authorizations for services that the app should access on your phone. For example, if an app prompts to access an alarm clock, it doesn't need to access your phone's contacts list. And if something in the consent screen looks suspicious, ensure thorough precautions before you download the app.

Touch screen on android mobile phones can be very dangerous when you are surfing on the net, hence you should be on the look out of what you click while surfing the web. Some time in June, a mobile security company 'Lookout' exposed malicious advertisements aimed at android smartphone users and deliberate to swindle them into installing infected apps. A few types of mobile antivirus software, such as Lookout Mobile Security, have features aimed to protect you from malware such as these.

It is however advisable to install antivirus software on your android phone. Most big-household security companies such as McAfee, AVG, and Sy­­mantec have a downloadable cellphone app for protecting your smartphone. Aside from guarding against malware, these apps include vital abilities such as to lock and wash your phone remotely. When you purchase a new phone; it's a better to install antivirus software before you add any other apps. And you'll tremendously reduce your phone's ability to get phished against malware activities.