As the most popular platform, with a market share in the range of 85 percent based on the 2014 second quarter, Android has became the favorite target of malicious programs or malware makers. Google’s Android as the owner implement security measures at Play Store app store to keep malware not to be entered.
Still, Android owners are not 100 percent safe and be smart to keep the devices that are not infiltrated by malicious programs. Well, to minimize the likelihood of malware infections, there are a number of tips that can be applied such as;
Only download applications from the Play Store
This one is the main advice to avoid malware. Google constantly monitors the applications store the Play Store and quickly crack down if there is a problem.
Use the services of a trusted application catalog
Encase your Android devices cannot access the Play Store, you can be obtained from other sources are equally reliable, such as Nokia Store, Galaxy Apps (Samsung), and the Amazon App Store.
Avoid suspicious applications and application stores
Avoid application that looks “suspicious” as it reaps the bad reviews, explores the grandiose promises, or ask permissions that do not fit its function.
Do not use pirated applications
Download paid applications without spending any money is lucrative. However, this action have a great risk because of pirated applications that usually comes in the form of Android Application Package (APK) is very easy to insert malware.
If you want to install the application side loading, make sure the APK file is obtained from reliable sources.
Always update your phone software
The latest version of the software, usually has better protection against malware. In the Android version 4.2, for example, embed Google overcharge protection posed by malware premium text sender. Each new release of Android gives improvement in terms of security.
Use the Google malware scanner
Each version of the Android phones 2.2 and above are equipped with malware scanner. Before installing applications obtained from sources outside the Play Store, Google will scan the relevant application to ensure its safety.
This feature is enabled by default and can be accessed from the Settings menu in the app drawer Google. Devices running Android 4.2 or later can activate malware scanner to activate the option “Verify Apps” from a menu in the settings security.
Consider using the anti-virus
Unlike Windows PCs are in absolute need antivirus, Android may reduce the risk of malicious programs through the insulation Application Sandbox. However, anti-virus applications can still further improve security.
There are hundreds of anti-virus applications are available in the Play Store, you should select the names that have good reputations such as Avast, AVG, BitDefender, Kaspersky, Sophos, Symantec, and Trend Micro. There are also some popular newcomers such as Lookout and TrustGo.