FBI's Checklist to Avoid Android Malwares PDF Print E-mail

Android at all times remains in headlines. This time, it is for FBI's checklist to avoid malwares that can compromise users' devices running on this OS. The Federal agency has prepared a list to protect the device at user-end. Here is that list:

• When a new device is purchased, most of its features come enabled by default. You need to know which features you really use, and which you can turn off to avoid/reduce attacks.

• Try to have a device which has the operating system with encryption. Encryption is the translation of data into secret code. It provides a high-level of security to user's data.

• Before users download an application from the app store, they should also look at the reviews made for the developer or company who built the app.

• Enable passcode/screen lock security to access the phone. It is one of the easy ways to protect valuable data in case the device is lost. The security should automatically get activated after a few minutes.

• Install a malware protection app in the device. Users can install an antivirus program that secures the device from malicious apps and malwares.

• A geo-location enabled app can let its developer know user's location. It allows tracking users wherever they go. It is quite useful from the marketing point of view, but it can also raise concerns of assisting a possible stalker and/or burglaries.

• Before users allow an app to get their devices, they should review and understand all the permissions that app wants.

• Rooting allows users to have extra features in their devices, but a rooted device is more vulnerable to be attacked.

• Users should avoid connecting their devices to unknown wireless networks. These networks can capture the information passed by users to a legitimate server.

• Before you sell your old device to someone, all the data on it should be wiped. Resetting to factory default is also recommended.

• Do not avoid updating smartphone' core software. The update comes with fixed bugs and errors. It also enhances the security of devices. Users should routinely download updates for apps.

• Do not download Android application from third party app stores. Third party stores may have apps with malicious code or malware that can compromise the device.

• While using internet on the mobile, do not click on a suspicious link. Users can follow the precautions as same as followed on the desktop computer.

If users follow above mentioned tips, they too can secure their Android devices from most of the malware and virus attacks.


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