It’s really important to keep your Smartphone safe and secure can be a bit difficult now days. It’s an unfortunate and sad to know that, at least 30% Android phones has been infected by at least 1 malware in recent days. In the middle of 2012 Bitdefender reported that, the Android malware spiked 292% from the first half of the year.
In recent years Google Android has become one of the most used Mobile OS. Studies reveal that, The Google Android has a share of over 52% of global Smartphone subscribers which also makes it as a most targeted mobile OS, which is unfortunate. The recent studies also revealed that by 2015 more than 70% of the Global Smartphone users will be taken over by Android users and this increases the possibility of security risks.
So, it’s hard to believe that your Android phone isn’t the victim of Malware attack. How do you confirm that your device is safe or infected by a Malware. Okay, if you’re on a PC, it’s really easy to detect that your system is infected, but how about on an Android? In Android detecting a malware is becoming harder than ever for the average Smartphone user. If you pay a little or no attention towards your device’s security, then it’s impossible for you.
How to find your Android Phone is infected?
There are several ways which let you know that your android device is infected by a Malware. Here are few easy ways to find out if your Android device is under malware attack. So, Keep reading.
Slow Performance or No Performance: If your device performance drastically slower than ever or responds either slowly or crashes often, you need to think twice. Either you have malware infection or it’s a time to upgrade your phone. The malware’s resides on your phone running in the background consumes too much processing power so that other operations get slowed down. You might have to restart your phone several times a day to completely close those background running apps and this doesn’t alleviate the problem.
Have a look on your CPU load and RAM usage of your Android device. If both stays 50% or more steadily, it’s almost clear that you have a malware infection.
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Higher Data Usage: If you see a significant change in your device data usage could be a sign that someone other than you or something inside your device has control over your device data usage. It has been tested and proved that a number of certain categories of malware that exists smuggles your data from your device to a third-party application or service without your knowledge.
You can always use Data Usage reporting applications to restrict over the usage of your 3G so that you can control somehow.
Unknown Calls or SMSs made: Some wired kind of malware exists in Android are known to make unknown calls (while you’re sleeping or when your phone is in idle/docked) or text messages to random numbers present in your contacts or the one which is pre-defined by the malware author.
You may need to check your monthly bill in order to see if you can figure out such message or call being made on your device. This could be hard to figure out if you are a prepaid user where you will not be able to see the calls being made or hard to get one from your service provider.
Battery Keeps Discharging: The reduced battery life is one of the most common way to see if your Android device is infected. Android devices are known for its battery life and higher battery performance then any other mobile devices. If you see your battery drains dramatically even without any operations made, this could be a sign of an adware or a spam-like malware that exists in your Android device.
Such adware is built to show ads on every app that you have which looks like legit ads from that particular app itself. As you know if your device is continuously displaying ads which will result in heavy battery usage.
Overheating Device: Smartphone has a powerful processor and device getting warm while using is normal, but if you notice your device overheating on the idle or docked, then this could be a hint that a malware resides inside. Overheating could also lead slowdown the performance of your device and reduces battery performance.
How Do I Remove Malware From Android
There are hundreds of thousands of paid and free security apps are available in the Google Playstore that helps you to prevent such malware activities on your Android device.
Most of the malware comes from the Apps that you downloaded from sources other than the Google Playstore. Cracked Apps are the one that carries malware within and you will never know that you are the one who installed that malware until your device performance degrades. Here are a few tips that help you to remove or avoid malware infections on your Android device.
Install an Anti-Malware Program: This should be your first preference once you bought an Android device. There are hundreds of free anti-malware /antivirus apps available on Google Playstore. I would recommend you to use Lookout, Avast or Avast as your primary antivirus / antimalware apps.
I have also written a number of articles earlier about Android Antivirus apps have a look at them as well.
Read Reviews: Reading reviews on Playstore will help you avoid malware. Guys who downloaded apps before you should leave review about the performance of that particular app.
Check Your SuperUser Privileges: If you have a Rooted Android phone, you should be knowing SuperUser. If you have your device rooted device you should be more careful than the un-rooted device owner. This because, Rooting an Android allows apps to run with ‘root access’, that give those apps to full privileges and act as an owner of the device.
If you download an App which is meticulously programmed and you give it a Superuser privilege without your knowledge, think about it. Be sure about giving Superuser privileges to apps and make sure you limit Superuser privileges only to the apps you trust.
Run malware scans regularly: Downloading Antivirus or AntiMalware just not an answer to malware infections, but you should be using it properly. Set a scheduled scan at least once a day (let it be midnight, depending on your timings). All the aforementioned Antivirus and Anti Malware apps has a premium version that has more options to secure your device.
No to Third Party Apps: Third Party apps have a lot of malware infections than the one you downloaded from Google play store. Never ever download cracked apps from file sharing sites. You should remember that -there is nothing like Free.
And finally, it’s all depend on you -the owner of the device. Do not give permission to an App that without thinking because most of the Apps doesn’t need all those permissions. Always read the permission details before you tap “accept“. However, it’s always a wise choice to be a protective when it comes to security of your Android device.
So, please let me know what are your plans to avoid Malware infections in your Android device?, Share your experiences with me in the comments below.