New Phones in 2014 Mean New Android Attacks

You finally got your dream phone and couldn’t be happier with it. Problem is, hackers are already targeting it. Symantec, the maker of Norton Security products, recently discovered a new form of malware that utilizes Windows to go after Android devices.

This particular bug, like some others before it, enables information to be stolen, activity tracked, and can even allow the phone to be taken over by hackers remotely. Predictably, malware that specifically targets Android has become more prevalent as the popularity of Android has continued to grow.

Just because the latest Samsung Galaxy, LG G Flex, Moto X, or even the non-Android iPhone 5s are wonders of technology, doesn’t mean they are invulnerable to attack, at least not without some software assistance.

So, what can you do to protect yourself and that shiny new phone of yours? Install security software specifically designed to protect it. Symantec, along with other security providers like Kaspersky and McAfee, continue to upgrade their products to stay ahead of emerging threats.

Practicing what I preach, I recently bought (with a good ol’ Norton coupon code) and installed Norton Mobile Security on my new Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It was easy and doesn’t slow my phone down one bit. Before I decided on Norton, I watched this video produced at the 2014 CES Show that showed me what it does. Have a look.

To sum things up, here’s what it does to keep me and my new prized possession safe:

  • Locks my privacy settings
  • Scans downloads
  • Scans memory cards
  • Informs me if an app is attempting to access my info
  • Blocks suspicious websites
  • Allows call and text blocking from unwanted senders
  • Remotely locks and/or wipes my phone if it’s lost or stolen

It’s updatable to keep keeping me safe, and also protects my tablet. I also like the fact that it has a “Scream Alarm” that I can set off to find it when I’ve misplaced it, which happens more than I care to admit.

Don’t kid yourself or bury your head in the sand – mobile threats are real. Even if you don’t choose to go with Norton, go with something or face the consequences.

By: Peter

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