How To Secure Your Mobile Phone


How secured is your phone? You might easily forget that your mobile phone is a micro computer that can connect to the Internet and can be at risk of any cyber- attacks.

We confidentially store important and personal files and informations in our mobile phones without considering the risk of what might happen at any time.

However, mobile malware or virus has been the top common and dangerous threat to our phones and other computer devices.

Securing your mobile phone should be a top priority for both personal and business purposes.

Types of Mobile Malware

They are different types of malwares; their causes and their effects.
Following are some examples:

# 1 Rooting malware: This malware provides root access to a compromised device with administrative privileges and access to users' files for hackers' advantage. 

Ztorg is a rooting malware which are able to embed themselves into the system folders, so that even a factory reset won't be able to remove them.

#2 Mobile spy-ware: This malware can gain access into harmless programs and secretly monitor your activity, record your location, and steal sensitive passwords. You may even have unintentionally granted an app access or permission to harvest this information when you downloaded it.

#3 SMS malware: This type of malware will control a mobile phone to send a high cost-rate text messages without the user notice.

#4 Mobile banking Trojans: In 2017, mobile banking Trojans attacked close to 260,000 users across 164 countries. 
    Attackers pretended as a legitimate banking app to lure users into installing it, only to steal their money.

      How Your Mobile Phone Can Get Infected

      > Downloading of a malicious app: Cyber criminals pirates an existing app with hidden malware attached.

      > Hackers also exploit known vulnerabilities in an operating system.that is why it is important to keep device updated.

      > Sending of virus through fake emails and text messages that can cause threats to mobile phones. 

      > Clicking fraudulent  emailed or text links send you to a junk or blank site and automatically download malware into your mobile device.

      > Connecting to a public WiFi hotspot; which is usually unencrypted: this can enable intruders to secretly listen to any conversations carried out over the compromised network.

        Signs of a Malware Affected Phone

        There are many ways or signs to know when your device has been affected.

        As a result of the virus in your device; the following signs will gradually show up:

        > Unusual and frustrating pop ups.

        > Uncommon delay, hanging or even rebooting of your Mobile phone

        > System error or failing to open certain system apps

        > battery draining more rapid than usual. 

        > A noticeable and sudden drop in performance. 

        > Strange charges on your monthly bill also some malware can make money from sending premium texts from your phone without your notice. 

          How to Remove Malware From Your Mobile Phone

          The following ways or steps are considered to best remove malware.

          1. Putting your device into Safe Mode by holding down the power off button until you're prompted to reboot your device to Safe Mode. The Safe Mode will disable all third-party apps.

           2. Scanning the app that you think might be the cause.

          3. Removing anything that you don't recall downloading manually by clicking the uninstall button.

          4. Removing the malicious software from your device by doing full factory reset. 

           The most effective way to protect your phone from malware is :

          5. Beware of public hotspots
          Do not access any sensitive information through public WiFi, such as logging into your bank or checking emails.

          6. Do not root your device
          Downloading paid apps for free by jailbreaking your iPhone or rooting your Android sounds good, but this removes the protection from Apple and Google respectively.

          7. Only download app from the official app store

          8. Encrypt your device
          Encrypting your phone will scramble all files so that only you have access to them. 

          9. Update your operating system

          Be sure to install updates to your software as soon as a new version is released, to minimize vulnerabilities or risks.

          10. Review your access permission

          11. Lock your device and other important documents online.

          These are the little we can offer you to best keep your device safe!

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