Phones are now part of our daily lives. These devices are used everywhere, for everything, and by everyone. Despite the many benefits they bring to our way of life, these devices definitely have vulnerabilities. Thus cybercriminals exploit it and generate large sums of money.
So securing your phone from these vulnerabilities probably means protect your privacy.
In this article we will show you step by step how to detect a virus on Android, how to get rid of it once infected and how to protect yourself effectively..
1) Do I have a virus in my phone?
Viruses Android are difficult for an average user to detect, because hackers learn to hide their activity. Fortunately, there are a few tips that can alert you to a possible infection under Android.
1.1) Abnormally high Internet consumption
Some viruses Android increase Internet data consumption by forcing your phone to repeatedly connect to a website, click on an ad, download large files, or send messages.
To check the internet usage of your phone, I advise you to download the My Data manger app. After 24 hours, launch the application, choose Application and scroll down to identify the applications that consume the most and that you never use.
1.2) Presence of unwanted applications
Some viruses Android download applications from Google Play without your knowledge. You should therefore be wary if unusual applications appear on your Smartphone.
For that, go to Settings -> Applications and scroll down to identify all those mysterious apps that installed themselves. Select one by one and have it uninstall.
1.3) Unwanted advertisements
While pop-ups and other types of unwanted advertisements that exceed the normal behavior of an application may indicate that a virus Android has probably installed on your Smartphone.
1.4) Abnormally high invoices
Some virus Android automatically send SMS to premium rate numbers and this has a direct impact on the amount of your bill. Certain Viruses Android send messages sporadically, for example once a month, so as not to arouse your suspicions.
A thorough reading of your bill can help you detect a virus Android.
2) How to get rid of a virus Android
In the case of an infection, the first thing to do to eliminate these viruses Android, consists of download and install Lookout antivirus from Google Play.
Launch the app and start by entering your Gmail address and password. Once registered. The application will launch a complete scan of your device Android .
3) How to protect your phone Android
When any of these symptoms appear, the damage is already done. It is therefore better to take some precautions now:
- Do not “root” your phone.
- Encrypt your smartphone data.
- Pay close attention to the permissions requested when installing an application.
- Only download applications from the official store (Google Play).
- Avoid connecting to public Wi-Fi networks.
- Turn off Bluetooth when you don't need it.
- Hold your system Android and your applications up to date.
- Stay vigilant and cautious on the net with warez sites, pornographic sites and peer to peer.
Finally, here are the steps to follow if you have an iPhone or iPad and you want to know if it is hacked: how to know if your iphone is hacked.