Three easy steps to protect your Android
Written by a NortonLifeLock employee
You could call mobile devices the new frontier for malware. Malware often appears on mobile devices in the form of an app. These apps sometimes include malicious code that makes the app do things it’s not supposed to do—such as broadcast your location information while you’re searching local maps.
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Of all the mobile providers and systems, Android appears to be the most vulnerable to invasion by malware because of the openness of its platform. The flexibility that makes for so many awesome apps has the slight downside of leaving open some security vulnerabilities. But fear not! You can protect your Android device with a few easy steps.
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Ask, “Is That Really Necessary???”
Once you have reviewed the app’s permission list, consider the app’s requests—do they seem reasonable for the app’s purpose? For example, does a game app need to access your contact list? If so, what is the reasoning? Does the game use social sharing?
Review the apps already installed on your phone and check for excessive permission requests or settings.
In order to see the permissions given to an application after it’s already been installed:
- Go to the Android Marketplace,
- Press Menu –->Downloads,
- Select the app you want to check permissions for,
- Press Menu again,
- Then press Security,
- Check the permissions, and
- Repeat Step 2 above for each app on your phone.
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