Smartphone Antivirus Just Got Real

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Finding the best antivirus solutions for all your computing devices just got a little more important. Malware developers have finally cracked into the official Google Android Market for smartphones using code disguised as some familiar free downloadable applications.

The DroidDream, as it is now known, is designed to steal user information and 50,000 smartphone headsets were reported affected in this first wave of smartphone malware during March 2011.

Tech journos have been warning us this day would come and here it is. According to a new study out of the UK and Europe, smartphone users are generally lackadaisical about security on their smartphone. Most don’t even register the fact that these smartphones are actually mobile computer networks that happen to make phone calls.

I’m sure about 50,000 users out there are now hyper-aware of the need to protect your smartphone and all the information contained therein. The report of the report by PCMag stated: realme 5 pro

“The survey by security company Kaspersky asked 1,600 smartphone owners in the U.K., France, Italy, and Spain found that only 27 percent were “highly concerned” by the risks, with the rest either unconcerned or unaware of any danger.

This was despite the fact that a third store sensitive data such as PIN numbers, passwords and user names on their phones with about the same percentage using it for online bank access. Few users bother to set a password for smartphone access.”

Password Protection
So yeah, the first thing you need to do is password-protect your Android smartphone. On my Samsung Galaxy S, I use the drawer menu to access “Location and security” menu. Here, I have the option of pattern lock, I can set a credential storage password (rarely needed, though) and I can opt to lock my SIM card using a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Setting a PIN for your phone is the strongest level on the frontline, followed by password, then pattern lock. I understand, though, that pattern lock users must vigilantly clean their screens to avoid hackers picking up on a pattern trail and being able to breach that way.

Low Screen Timeout Setting
Another level of protection can also be found by lowering the screen timeout on your phone. Experts seem to agree that one minute or fewer is just about the safest interval to set. This will prevent someone shady being able to pick your phone up and use it as well as initiate the password, PIN and/or pattern protections as soon as you are not actively using the phone.

 

 

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