Why Do Some Users Neglect Anti-Virus Protection?
Androids are just as susceptible to hacking and phishing attacks as computers, but some users still aren't bothering to protect their phones.
A surprising number of Android users don’t have any anti-virus protection installed on their cell phones. In 2017, viruses, malware, and other insidious threats are more prevalent than ever before. Bots are even known to attach themselves to innocent apps, infecting them with ransomware that can hold your phone hostage — and you might never get your data back. That’s why it’s so important to regularly scan your device for malware, so that you can catch any malicious apps or hidden security threats before they can do significant damage. Click here to scan your device for malware:
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3 Reasons Why Your Android Needs a Virus Scanner
Many smartphone users don’t use anti-virus protection because it seems unnecessary to them. But with the dramatic increase in viruses, ransomware, and malicious attacks over the last few years, they should be more concerned about how vulnerable their devices are. Still not convinced? Here are the top 3 reasons you should regularly check your phone for viruses, malware, and other dangerous bots:
- Personal Data: Your Android knows you better than anyone. It holds the phone numbers of everyone you care about, your emails and text messages, and a plethora of other personal data. Hackers can use bots to access all of this. Suddenly, nothing is secret anymore! Some viruses even send themselves to your contacts through SMS or MMS, thus compromising your friends’ and family’s cell phones too.
- Identity Theft: If your phone comes into contact with a virus or malware agent, you could become a victim of identity theft. By hijacking your phone, a hacker could potentially view your personal information, especially through the use of a social media app like Facebook. Identity theft can have disastrous and costly effects on its victims. So, it’s best to arm your phone with anti-virus protection to shield any vulnerabilities.
- Precious Memories: Many people don’t even own a camera anymore. Instead, they take photos with their Android. After all, the Google Play store offers plenty of amazing, user-friendly apps for photo editing with cool filters and enhancing effects. Some malware strains, such as Mazar, are known to erase a phone’s data. If you haven’t backed up your photos, all those precious memories could be lost forever.