Smartphones and tablets are now as powerful as laptop and desktop computers in power and for many of us they’ve become our main way to communicate and store sensitive information. So it’s no surprise they’ve become a serious target for hackers. Criminals around the world are working hard to get viruses on to your smartphone or tablet to steal data or just create hassle.
With its open ecosystem and ability to install untrusted apps, Android devices are a bit more vulnerable to these kinds of threats and whilst Android still doesn’t have nearly the range of threats a typical Windows computer does, the ones it does have are serious. Here are a few recent examples:
• The “NotCompatible” virus disguises itself as a system update. It adds your gadget to a giant botnet of infected gadgets that sends out spam.
• Using the default Android browser could let hackers steal your browsing and online account login information.
• The “Heart” app arrives as a text message link from a friend. If you install it, it will steal your information and then send a text message to 99 of your friends so it can spread.
And these are just in the last two months.
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