How To Protect My Android Phone: Don’t Worry … Much!

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With all of the recent hoopla about the Android Trojan and potential viruses, we find it rather relevant to talk about some of the basic things you could do to protect your phone, and ultimately YOU! (sidebar: “I know that was a long sentence)

First, we’ll look at two cases that have come up rather recently. You can just skip pass this and get to the “How-tos”.

Excerpt from PR Newswire:

In July, 2010, the Global Mobile Security Center of NetQin Mobile Inc., a global leading mobile security service provider, found the first spyware application –“Carrot App”– available on the Android operating system. The application disguises itself as a calculator that calculates service tips for the end user. In actuality, the application would have been installed by someone else and set up to send an email once every hour to the installer’s email address. The email would contain all the SMS that were sent and received from that phone over the past hour.

Excerpt from Kapersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces that the first malicious program classified as a Trojan-SMS has been detected for smartphones running on Google’s Android operating system. Named Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, it has already infected a number of mobile devices. The new malicious program penetrates smartphones running Android in the guise of a harmless media player application. Users are prompted to install a file of just over 13 KB with the standard Android extension .APK. Once installed on the phone, the Trojan uses the system to begin sending SMSs to premium rate numbers without the owner’s knowledge or consent, resulting in money passing from a user’s account to that of the cybercriminals.

How-to … What should You Do?

1 – So if you skipped down to this section, you are probably like a lot of individuals who just ignore all of those permission warnings and just install applications non-stop. So that’s the first suggestion – READ THROUGH THE PERMISSIONS and make the best decision.

2 – Just like we have, or should have, anti – this & that on our computers, we need a SECURITY APP on our phones. There are a lot of good security apps in the market that are free. One that I personally use is called Lookout Mobile Security.

3 – Without a doubt, I know a lot of us will download non-market apps. Well, make sure you know the risks of this action. The best thing to do with those apps and any other app that you are skeptical about is to READ WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE APP. This is perhaps your best tool in defending your phone and personal interests.

That’s just a few things that all users should know before ever downloading an App onto their devices. The Android Market with its’ quick growth is susceptible to attacks like this, but so is every other market – Apple included. The best and biggest deterrent from attacks like this is simply – YOU! We have to research and make good choices on what we place on our phones.

So, what suggestions do you have for protecting your device? Share that and more in our comments section and forum. And for those that would like the QR Codes for a Lookout Mobile Security Apps – look below.

Lookout Mobile Security

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