Caution Android Users: Malware Alert

Caution Android Users: Malware Alert

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Caution Android Users: Malware Alert

 

On October 12, 2012, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warned mobile users with Android operating systems of new Malware.  Two new types of malware, called Loozfon and FinFisher, have targeted Android users.  
 
 
IC3 reports that Loozfon is a type of malware that steals information.  The malware uses a gimmick to steal contacts from user’s address book and their phone number.  Beware of a work-at-home advertisement that promises profit every day by just sending out emails.  The link on the advertisement can cause your Android device to become infected with the Malware.  
Malware Alert: Android Users Take Caution
On October 12, 2012, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warned mobile users with Android operating systems of new Malware.  Two new types of malware, called Loozfon and FinFisher, have targeted Android users.  
 
 
IC3 reports that Loozfon is a type of malware that steals information.  The malware uses a gimmick to steal contacts from user’s address book and their phone number.  Beware of a work-at-home advertisement that promises profit every day by just sending out emails.  The link on the advertisement can cause your Android device to become infected with the Malware.  
 
 
IC3 reports that FinFisher can take over components on the Android mobile device.  If the Malware is installed on the device, it can be tracked and monitored in any location.  Beware of links and text messages that provide a system update.  
 
 
Updates for your operating systems are installed through your phone’s settings.  A service provider may send you text message if a system update is available for your phone, but you’ll still have to access your phone settings.  Malware will have you install updates through an external link.  
 
 
In order to protect your device, IC3 recommends you regard the following safety tips.  
 
 
-Know the default settings for your phone and shut off any other features that are not required.  This -limits how Malware can target your phone.
-Allow for the encryption of personal data on your phone if the operating system allows for it.  
-Look at reviews of an application before downloading it.  
-Allow passcode protect your phone.
-Look for applications that offer antivirus software.
-Be suspicious of strange applications that ask for Geo-location.
-Do not allow your device to automatically connect to wireless networks.  
-Wipe off all your data if you trade in or sell your phone.
-Make sure your device is updated.
 
 
Source: Internet Crime Complaint Center

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