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Friday, November 24, 2017

Protect Your Android Device From Malware

Protect Your Android Device From Malware
The adoption rate of mobile devices has steadily increased, with Android leading. The open-source operating system run by Google is now found in more than half of smartphones. The massive user base has attracted the attention of cybercriminals, who have begun to redouble their efforts to illegally obtain personal information from Android owners. While most mobile malware is found in countries like Russia and China, users in Europe and the United States are not completely immune.

You can take a few simple steps to prevent your data from being locked in an encrypted prison.

The source of the application

Simply download apps from trusted sources, such as the Google Play Store. Be wary of any site that allows you to download paid apps for free.

Application permissions

Even when you download from Google Play Store, you have to be careful. Check the permissions requested by the application. Often, malware includes malware with multiple permissions so they can easily control all the data on your phone.

Settings

Google includes many Android OS settings that can prevent malicious attacks. Devices running on Android 2.2 or higher, which essentially means almost all Android devices, have access to Google's malware scanner. Before you install an app downloaded from the Play Store, Google scans the app and warns you of any potential threats.

Update

Although this may not be an option for most users, if there is an update for your device, be sure to download and install it. Manufacturers, operators, and Google continue to offer patches, enhancements, and new features that can make your device safer.

Antivirus applications

The Google Play store also hosts hundreds of antivirus applications that can provide an extra layer of protection. Companies such as Avast, AVG, BitDefender, Kaspersky, Sophos, Symantec (Norton) and TrendMicro have long been recognized brands in the industry. You can try Free Antivirus Software You Can Protect Yourself With

  • Back up your data
  • Keep your device backed up. 
You can:
  • On your computer.
  • Use cloud-based backup services like Google Drive.
  • On a portable hard drive such as a USB pen.
  • Android ransomware removal tips


The instructions given below should also help you remove Android ransomware:

Restart your phone in safe mode:


Find the power button and press it for a few seconds until you see a menu. Click Shut Down.
Once you have received a dialog prompting you to restart your Android device in safe mode, select this option and press OK.

If that does not work for you, simply turn off your device, then turn it on. Once enabled, try pressing the Menu, Volume Down, Volume Up, or Both buttons at the same time to display Safe Mode.
Remove malicious and/or suspicious and unknown applications:

In safe mode, go to Settings. Then click Applications or Application Manager (this may vary depending on your device).

Here, look for the suspicious apps above and uninstall them all.

Modern malware threats are changing all the time, but taking these steps will be harder for hackers to control your data. Mostly looking for cybercriminals to take advantage of the funny mistakes people make every day. Stay alert and 99% of the time will stay safe!

Try  using 5 Best Mobile Security Apps today, It can help in protecting you from malware.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Israeli Hacking Firm Said to Be Behind Groundbreaking iOS Malware


Apple has rushed out a patch for its
mobile operating system, iOS, after
malware—reportedly developed by an
Israeli firm that sells spying software
to governments—was able to remotely
surveil an up-to-date iPhone 6.
The attack attempts to encourage
users to open a URL via text message.
When that link is followed, the attack
uses three individual zero-day flaws
to leverage a weakness in Safari’s browser
engine, which enables access to the
operating system’s kernel and installation of
malware to effectively jailbreak the iPhone.

From that point on, the malware can be used
to spy on virtually every aspect of the
phone’s use, from phone calls and text
messages to calendar data and video feeds.
This appears to be the first known example
of hackers having the ability to remotely
jailbreak an iPhone 6, and Motherboard
claims that it’s the first iPhone attack of this
kind. The vulnerability was identified by
researchers at the University of Toronto's
Citizen Lab after Ahmed Mansoor, a human
rights activist and United Arab Emirates
dissident, was targeted using the attack.
The Citizen Lab team claims that the malware
was developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group,
which creates spy software for governments.
It’s no secret that NSO makes software
capable of surveilling smartphones: in 2014,
the Wall Street Journal reported that an NSO
slide claimed to provide technology that
“allows remote and stealth monitoring and
full data extraction from remote devices via
untraceable commands.” It’s currently
unclear who exactly used the malware to
target Mansoor.
Reuters suggests that such a piece of
software, able to spy on an up-to-date iPhone
6, could retail for as much as $1 million.
Citizen Lab researchers informed Apple of the
vulnerability over a week ago, and the
iPhone maker has released a patch for
devices running iOS 9. Apple claims devices
running up-to-date beta versions of iOS 10
are unaffected.
Apple recently announced a bug-bounty
program, which will see it pay out up to
$200,000 for (invited) hackers who manage to
identify the kinds of flaws leveraged by this
malware. Perhaps it should’ve started sooner.
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