In today’s tech based world, we are susceptible to malware everywhere. On our work computers, on our personal computer and even on our phones. Android malware is more prevalent than ever and Broadleaf’s cybersecurity experts are seeing more attacks on this platform each and every day. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help secure your device.

  1. Install anti-virus / anti-malware software
  2. Very basically, anti-virus and anti-malware will have your back as you receive email and surf the Internet on your device. This software can easily be downloaded from the Play store. There are free versions that perform basic tasks such as scanning downloaded file and some that cost a few dollars that have more features such as anti-theft and more. Whichever you choose, having something is much better than having nothing. Just be sure to download a reputable app. Which brings us to our next tip

  3. Do not download apps outside of the Play store
  4. Often you will be presented with opportunities to download apps from third-party vendors. DO NOT DO IT. Many times these apps will offer you a novel service or one that you’d have to pay for in the Play store, but they come with a hidden price…malicious code. These apps have been found to have password stealing software, ransomware and more. Make sure you are downloading reputable apps from reputable vendors.

  5. Always double-check apps from the Play store
  6. Even apps that make it in to the Play store have been found to have hidden, malicious code. Before you make the decision to add an app to your device, read the reviews. If there are many bad reviews, you should heed that admonition and if there are a noticeable lack of reviews you should also take that as a warning. Also pay close attention to the permissions the app is asking for during installation. Your flashlight app should not need access to your emails or the Internet. If something seems wrong, it probably is.

These are just a few simple tips to make your digital life a little bit safer.