IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Android Security: Tips for Banishing Malware From Your Mobile Devices

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-07-18 Print this article Print
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As security researchers uncover more malware targeting the Android mobile platform, users must exercise extreme caution when downloading apps on their smartphones and tablets. Users tend to forget that smartphones are essentially computers and are subject to malware and phishing attacks just like any other machine connected to the Internet. Security experts from Virtela, BullGuard and Lookout Mobile Security weighed in with recommendations on how to keep Android devices secure. Some security basics apply, such as accessing only trusted and known Websites, password-protecting the devices with a strong and complex password, and keeping all software updated. John Hering, CEO of Lookout Mobile Security, reminded users to avoid accessing shopping and banking Websites when connected to a public WiFi hotspot. It's important to remember, however, that security is not just about apps or the Web as users should remember to physically secure the device. "Don't leave your mobile phone unattended," advised Claus Villumsen, CTO of BullGuard. Ideally, organizations should test all apps on a mobile device specifically set aside for testing purposes before deploying them on a company device, said Mark Hansard, vice president of systems and security at Virtela.

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