There is an old saying, “Prevention is better than the cure” and even though we have moved on to a digital age, this saying still holds some truth as it’s always a great idea to prevent viruses from getting affecting your device rather than to go all nuclear once the damage has been done. While most people are very security conscious, here are some tips to help you protect Android devices from viruses.
How to Protect Android Devices from Viruses:
Install Known Apps:
It’s always a good idea to install apps from the Play Store. However, not all apps on the Play Store are exactly 100% safe to use, so it’s always a great idea to only install apps from known distributors or apps which are highly rated.
If you must install an app from outside the Play Store, always get the .apk from known and verified sources. Also, be vary of “hacks” which are supposed to help you out with some specific game or make certain paid applications free to use.
Read the App Permissions:
If an app is asking for too many permissions such as to make calls and/or send texts when it shouldn’t, avoid that app if you can.
Only Connect your Phone to Known Computers:
There are many viruses designed for Android which transmit themselves to your device through the USB hub of a computer. So only connect your phone to known computers which you know for a fact aren’t infected from any virus.
Be aware of any Unauthenticated Calls or Messages:
Pay close attention to your phone bills, as most Android viruses are designed to send messages or calls that are made to drain your actual wallet dry.
Install Antivirus Apps:
If you’re extra paranoid about your device’s security, it’s always a good idea to install an authenticated antivirus app to your phone. Some good examples include: AVG, Avira, and Kaspersky.
Hope these simple tips will allow you to protect Android devices from viruses. If you have some other tips that we missed, then be sure to tell us all about them in the comment section below.