Android is soon becoming hacker’s paradise. Since it is one of the most popular and most used mobile OS, malicious programmers and hackers are finding new ways to exploit loopholes inside the OS. According to recent studies done by Kaspersky, malware programs designed for exploiting Android has increased six times than the previous year. If you suspect, your Android device might be infected, here are some symptoms to look for if your android phone is infected.
Symptoms of Android infection
Pop-ups and unwanted ads
If your Android device is frequently showing pop-ups, you may have installed an adware inside your computer. Adware infections are not considered as threats, but considered nuisance for showing adverts. Adware infections are the easiest to fix as well. Just go to the list of Apps installed. Remove the App which is responsible for showing the Ads.
Increased data usage
If a malicious program gets inside your Android, it may try to connect to a data source for displaying Ads or transmitting data. This means they consume bandwidth more than it is used normally. So if you find your bandwidth usage abnormally high, do look for a malicious app which might be consuming this bandwidth.
When you buy an Android device, it usually comes with certain Apps installed by default. These might be the very essential Apps that you need for operating your phone. There might be some additional Apps from your Android device manufacturer. Apart from that, if you find any App that is installed without your knowledge, you need to be careful. One simple thing to do is to go online and check the reputation for that App. Apps that are recently developed and coming from lesser known developers may have poorly coded Apps which can be utilized for malicious purpose.
Apps need access to other features in your phone
It is common for Apps to request access to your address book, email lists etc. It can be justified for certain Apps where it is necessary for its smooth functioning. But not all Apps need access to these details. So, if you find an App requesting for personal details which is not at all related to its job function, you need to suspect the App. Remove it after making a proper investigation.
Strange online activity after using mobile for transactions
If you find any strange activity reported in your online activity, there is a possibility your account is hacked and the hackers may have sensitive information. Change the password of your account or block your credit card to prevent further damage. If the online activity seems to have originated from your Android, you might have malicious files inside. Remove unwanted and suspicious looking file. You can also install a good security App to add additional layer of protection.
Apps lock certain features in the phone unless payment is made
A genuine app creator would never hold you to ransom by disabling certain features unless you pay for the App. Get rid of these Apps as they don’t deserve to be in your Android device.
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