Mobile phone has become a part of our life rather a part of our body! weather its Facebook, Twitter, IM , or banking are done by mobile now a days. And day by day mobile are becoming sophisticated as your computers and thus becoming a new window for hackers to make your digital life turn to hell. But there are some security mesures that can be taken to keep your digital life secured. The most popular mobile next to iPhone is Android, we will see what are the recent security issues related to Android and what can be done to protect yourself from such threats.
Android OS has its own security permissions for each of the applications installed in the handset. While you are installing the application from the older version of Android store you are shown with a screen where you select the security preferences of the application, like if you want that application to access your data,or send sms or connect to internet. But recently Android has made a new web based app market where you install apps OTA. In this type of installation we dont see the security preferences options while we are installing the app, most of the users don”t know that there exists such a option, making it more vulnerable to security issues. Recently antivirus giant McAfee has said that there is a rise of mobile virus and mallwares by 46% as most of the people today goes online from mobile rather then from a PC. They also said that the two most attacked mobile OS are Nokia Symbian and Google Android. Generally the iOS platform is considered secured for consumers as the Apple App Store is a closed one (considering you are average user who have not jailbreak your device) and RIM BlackBerry OS is also considered to be safe as its target audience is corporate and business men.
So the very obvious question that comes to your mind is what should general users do to help protect their Android devices?
Follow these simple rules to prevent your Android from getting hacked.
- Don”t “Root” your device unless you know what you are doing.
- Never get attracted to apps which says “free wallpapers”, “free screensavers”, “free ringtones” most virus and mallware use this kind of apps to disguise them from unsuspecting users. Think for a whle why u need to download an “app” to get u wallpapers? u can use a image to set as your wallpaper. there are millions of sites offering you wallpapers (usual format if jpg) and ringtones (usual format is mp3) to help you personalize your phone. I am not saying all the apps which offers free wallpapers and ringtones are bad, but i am saying that when it gets difficult to choose the right from wrong then go for a safer alternative.
- How to know from a good app from a bad app? There are many fake apps in the Android Market. You need to be very careful while you select which app to install. Some of the popular iPhone apps which generally don”t have Android version can also be found on Android Market obviously they are fake. Recently “Cut the rope” a popular iPhone game had not one but many fake apps Christie also seeks a lift in financial support “for other advantageous reasons that best casino gaming was initially approved. on Android Market. To find out a good app from a bad app is not that really hard. Say you want to download one app, a particular app which you have seen in someones else phone or read about or heard about it somewhere. You search for it in App Market and found more than one result! So what do you do? unless you know the name of the original company which you can find out by searching for it in Google. You should read the reviews generally apps which get most reviews and starts is the good app.
- Setting the security preferences and understanding them.While setting the security preferences you should know and understand what does it really means and does before clicking all “Accept” and “Yes” and “Next” which you see on the screen [like you do while installing software on Windows PC 🙂 ] Some of the basic security preferences are granting access to your data, you should think before granting this access. what will a game do by access your data? well a media player may access your data the media which it will play is stored on your phone so it may require to access it. But a game will never need to access your data. Again nor any media player or game needs to be given permission to send sms or text, it may happen that one application may send some premium text which adds to your phone bill and drain your money from your pocket. And you should be really careful while granting access to use internet,GPRS,EDGE,3G or whatever data communication method available in your phone model. As it has been recently seen that an app can transmit all your personal information to someone who is sitting across the globe without your knowledge.