4 Signs Your Phone Has Hid Malicious Apps

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Check your phone regularly for malicious apps. (Photo: Getty)

It’s one of the most frustrating things that can happen to your phone: malware. In addition to offering your personal information to cyber criminals on a glossy digital scale, malware can slow down your smartphone. Malware can also distribute advertisements on your legitimate apps and web browser windows in an attempt to generate clickbaity revenue for crooks.

According to CNET, the warning signs of malware on your phone are:

  • Ads appearing everywhere, no matter what app you’re currently using.

  • After you install an app, the icon will disappear.

  • The battery life is much shorter than it used to be.

  • You notice that your phone has apps you don’t know about.

In addition to displaying annoying ads on your mobile device, mobile malware can also target your private information, including your phone number or email address, banking information, and contact lists.

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Investing in anti-malware software for your devices can help stop malicious apps.  (Photo: Getty)

Investing in anti-malware software for your devices can help stop malicious apps. (Photo: Getty)

“Scammers can easily get phishing account information such as emails and passwords…including username and password combinations,” Ari Jacoby, chief executive officer of cybersecurity firm Deduce told Yahoo Life. “Attackers then ‘stuff’ the stolen credentials into logins on various websites — often using botnets — until they find a match.”

This type of cybercrime is on the rise, Jacoby adds. “It’s a cheap and easy attack that opens the door for criminals to take over user accounts, which explains why such attacks increased nearly 300 percent from Q2 2019 to Q2 2020,” Jacoby said.

For an extra line of defense, invest in anti-malware software, such as: Malwarebytes Premium Multiple DevicesThe, because your devices can help. Malwarebytes Premium Multiple DevicesThe helps find and block threats and proactively protects you from accessing malicious websites, online scams, and phishing attacks designed specifically to steal your sensitive information, such as login credentials and credit card numbers.

Hackers hope you will be too busy to update your mobile phone software.  (Photo: Getty)

Hackers hope you will be too busy to update your mobile phone software. (Photo: Getty)

In addition to adding a level of security with anti-malware software, make sure your smartphone’s proprietary software is always updated. Keeping your operating systems and apps up to date is one of the most important steps users can take to keep their devices and accounts secure.

After checking for updates, take the time to carefully review what permissions your apps have. Not every app needs your contact list or access to text messages.

However, uninstalling apps that you think are malicious can be tricky. In a perfect world, you could remove the app’s permissions, uninstall the app, and move on with your life. The frustrating thing is that some malicious apps give themselves administrator rights so that they cannot be removed without taking additional steps. If you are having trouble uninstalling a particular suspicious app, CNET recommends going online and searching for the specific steps to take to remove the malicious app from your phone.

Buy it: Malwarebytes Premium Multi-Device, 30-day free trial, then $4.99 per month, subscriptions.yahoo.com

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