Viruses and malwares are often used to steal personal data from a computer. With increasing popularity of smartphones and the amount of personal data they contain viruses and malware can target the smartphones. There are fewer cases of virus being reported from Android smartphone compared to PC. Though the chances are less, smartphones can get infected by virus.
How does Android phone get effected by virus?
“If you are aware of what you are doing then your smartphone will not get infected by virus”. But if you are person who installs cracked APK on the device then you are already late. Some common ways of virus transmission are:
How often have you been prompted by browsers indicating a website is unsafe? Its always wise to not enter such websites as hackers can steal your data. When we say personal data, it means passwords, saved card details and even browsing history.
2. Cracked APK
Many users tend to install cracked APK from third party websites. Cracked apps are modified by untrusted developers and they might embed malicious codes. Also, downloading apps from untrusted sources can infect your device.
3. Email attachments
With advance virus scanning features in most emails it is still possible the attachments contains a malware or a virus. Open the attachments only if you trust the source else it is better to stay on the safer side.
Is Android really safe?
No! this is mainly because Android is an open source OS, but wait, there’s a catch. Smartphones that come with stock ROM are 100% safe as long as you don’t mess up like we mentioned above. But if you install custom ROMs like Lineage, AOSP etc then make sure the ROM has been compiled/ported by a trusted developer.
Open source OS means anyone can have a look at the code and even modify it the way they want.
How can Android smartphone be free from viruses?
The answer is with Google which releases monthly security patches. Manufacturers like Xiaomi, Huawei and Google’s own Pixel does a great job in-terms updates. Google’s monthly security patch contains contains all necessary fixes, but more than 80% of end users never get these patches. This is because of Manufacturers negligence to deliver these updates. For example: Micromax, Lava and Intex are the most vulnerable smartphones prone to viruses and malwares.
What about Antivirus apps?
Trust us or ask any pro developer, Antivirus apps are totally useless. Antivirus apps detects viruses and malwares when you install apps from unknown sources. But what if the apps are well coded and still steals data? It is always recommended to install apps only from Play Store. Play store has its own Play protect feature that scans your device for harmful apps. Moreover, Android sources are based on Linux which are nearly virus proof.
So if you have an antivirus app we recommend you to uninstall it, it not only frees the storage but also saves some data. Antivirus apps often have battery saver which consume more battery in killing tasks. Battery saver works only if your phone is rooted.
That’s all everyone. Hope you could collect some knowledge about viruses and malwares on Android smartphones. In the next post we will see different techniques by which we can stay safe from malwares and viruses. Stay tuned!