Just a few days back, one of the most popular games on the Android platform got targeted by hackers. The app store was found to have a few free add-on packs for the game, which were, in fact, concealed malware. One of the updates was programmed to fetch passwords saved in the handset and mail those to a remote server. Another was set to target browsing history and bookmarks, secretly uploading those to a particular server on the web.
This incident is not a random one, either. The unofficial app markets for the Android have always been crowded with products like these. Some programs promise to unlock new features of the operating system, while others pose as harmless free games. However, the moment you load any of these apps, the real show begins. In fact, business mobile apps, the most popular kind of products on the app store other than games, have been hit the hardest by this new trend.
The best way to deal with this is to load up security applications that can scan each and every app that you download. Fortunately, a number of top mobile apps that provide multiple security features. For starters, look for a software that can detect virus and malware infections in any app. This will provide the first line of security against malware-ridden apps.
The second step would be to use an app that can secure the passwords being stored on your handset with high level encryption. True, the best safety measure would be not to store any passwords at all, but for power users who browse through 20 or more websites daily, it may not be an option. In that case, using the app might be your best option.
Keeping your Android secured against hackers and malware is not a very difficult task. All you have to do is install the proper kind of security applications and buy apps only from the legitimate Android app store. Simply keep these two things in mind, and security problems with your handset will be a thing of the past