The future will not only be about thinner, faster, and bendable smartphones, but it will definitely also be about security and bigger online threats.
Let’s imagine a scenario where you don’t need to take photos anymore because Google will simply choose the best pictures from a live stream of the day’s events just to make your life easier.
Soon you won’t even need to decide what to eat, your Android phone will know exactly what you need and what you like, showing you the most suitable foods for your age. So long decision paralysis, right?
But there’s so much hype around the future of Android that we forget to see the obvious threats, the alarmingly increasing number of Android malware, and the criminal activities carried out on smartphones.
According to a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) study, one out of every one hundred mobile devices (1.4%) on the global market was infected with malware in Q2 2015.
The same study reveals that vendors shipped a total of 334.4 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2015 and Android dominated the market with a 78% share. That’s a lot of Android phones affected by malware!
0.2% of the devices in the U.S. were infected with malware in the second quarter of 2015. Of the 0.2% infected devices, more than half (62%) were infected with malware aimed at stealing the user’s personal data.
Privacy-stealing malware can get a wide range of personal information and data from your Android device, including contacts, locations, pictures, and login credentials for your online banking.
Using this type of malware, hackers can easily gain access to your bank account data and use it to carry out criminal acts on your behalf or sell your info on the black market. This is not a spy movie we’re talking about, this is a very common scenario in 2015, anywhere in the world.
The good thing is that Google has been constantly making security improvements to the Android platform. The number of vulnerabilities that affect the OS compared to PC platforms is really small. But the customizable nature of the OS still leaves the door open to security breaches.
Guess where that leaves your Android smartphone security? That’s right, in your own hands. Every click counts!
Here are 5 must-follow tips to protect your Android device from malware:
- Stop exposing yourself to bad apps in unofficial stores. Always get the latest apps from official Google & partner stores.
- A good Antivirus is a must on your phone.
- Don’t be afraid of all the updates your phone asks for from time to time. They can be a life saver.
- Use a VPN when making online payments using public WiFi.
- Beware of data-pulling adware. Install an ad blocker or at least an ad tracker.
No doubt that Android is here to stay and dominate the smartphone market and we’re really excited about the future of Android technology. But every time you see a pop-up reminding you that you’re about to give up your personal data if you click Yes or when you discover a funky app store that no one has heard of, we hope you’ll do a little more research before you click Yes.