Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Android Phone users - beware of increasing Malware from free apps

12 Nov 2011   #1
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 
Android Phone users - beware of increasing Malware from free apps

Hi there
It had to happen -- can't think why it took so long.

There's some really nasty malware incorporated into some freely available Android Phone Apps --the main types are those that send out expensive premium text messages without the user being aware until the bill comes out.

I know anybody under about 35 probably doesn't even realize that Mobile Phones actually have a Power Off switch -- but I would suggest if you load loads of APPS onto (into ??) your phone then SWITCH IT OFF when you don't need it or certainly ensure no APPS are running surreptiously in the background without your knowledge.

I'd ensure also that you don't use sensitive online services such as Online Banking on Mobile phones.

The recent "News of the World" phone and email hacking scandal in the UK shows how even encrypted stuff is fairly easy to hack on Mobile Networks.


If you thought Internet Security on PC's was bad enough -- you haven't even STARTED YET with Internet / Wifi on Mobile phones -- especially using ANDROID.

Cheers
jimbo
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2011   #2
MrNeeds

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
It had to happen -- can't think why it took so long.

There's some really nasty malware incorporated into some freely available Android Phone Apps --the main types are those that send out expensive premium text messages without the user being aware until the bill comes out.

I know anybody under about 35 probably doesn't even realize that Mobile Phones actually have a Power Off switch -- but I would suggest if you load loads of APPS onto (into ??) your phone then SWITCH IT OFF when you don't need it or certainly ensure no APPS are running surreptiously in the background without your knowledge.

I'd ensure also that you don't use sensitive online services such as Online Banking on Mobile phones.

The recent "News of the World" phone and email hacking scandal in the UK shows how even encrypted stuff is fairly easy to hack on Mobile Networks.


If you thought Internet Security on PC's was bad enough -- you haven't even STARTED YET with Internet / Wifi on Mobile phones -- especially using ANDROID.

Cheers
jimbo
Hmm, seems that a certain Mr Jobs was correct, first it was flash that suffered an untimely death from mobile OS'es, now it's android's turn, this is what happens when something is open and completely free to mingle with, a lot of people slated apple for having a closed OS but this is the main reason why their OS is closed and policed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2011   #3
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

...and my Windows Phone and I shall remain safe in a closed system. I wanted an Android at first, but second thought brought me to a Windows Phone.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

29 Dec 2011   #4
exoTron

Windows 7
 
 

I would think that if you have some kind of mobile internet security app (avg - free or kaspersky - i use the second) it safety on Android is not such a problem. I think the official Marked App on Android is closely monitored for malware already - and you can always bypass a "closed system" be it iOS or Windows Phone. iOS has jailbreak - i do not know about Windows Phone.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Free Android apps
I thought it would be an idea to have a list of free apps that are useful. i'll start with two sevenforums app https://play.google.com/store/search?q=sevenforums&c=apps lookout android security...
Chillout Room
How to Benchmark Your Android Phone for Free
Read more at: Maximum PC | How to Benchmark Your Android Phone for Free
Chillout Room


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:21.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App