We know that Google’s Android operating system might not be the most secure out there, but you have to consider that no operating system is 100% secure. However, there has been a lot of interest related to Android security because it powers 8 out of every 10 smartphones in the world.
You have heard about the countless stories of malware sending out premium text messages, or corrupting your phone’s memory. There are even exploits that turn your phone into a spying tool. In fact, one of the most publicized cases involved an executive at a company who unwittingly served as a spy for criminals who listened in on every board meeting he went to.
If you think that this cannot happen to you, think again. Android devices are very much open to vulnerabilities and it is becoming easier for criminals to highjack your phone.
Nowadays, even amateurs can steal personal data from your mobile phone. There are tools that are readily available for you to use, if you know where to look. For example, one of the most downloaded tools is AndroRAT, a remote access tool that a hacker can bind together with a legitimate mobile app. Once a user downloads the compromised mobile app, AndroRat can snoop on your SMS messages, call logs, even make calls and take photos. AndroRAT is free to download and use. The good news is that a binder program would cost $37. Not that expensive, really, but it would still deter some people from downloading and using it.
What does this mean? You really do not have to know programming and still be able to hack into an Android device. The hackers would have to upload their rogue mobile app to a third party site where other people could download them. This is the reason why it is always recommended to download only from trusted app markets such as Google Play. But what about those areas where Google Play is banned, such as China? You have to be very careful.
What’s more, it might be helpful to avoid cracked mobile apps. If you want to play the full version of a game, then you should always pay for it.
There are currently no way for your ISP or carrier to know whether you have downloaded a malicious app, so you have to be on the lookout always.
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