As the world continues to exponentially develop through the rapid advancements of technology, experts have observed that innovation and high tech evolution is not without some costs. Malware, a term used to describe a variety of malicious and intrusive software, has consequently become a newer and bigger threat, as they are increasingly more creative and complex than ever before. Research has shown that desktops are no longer the only domains at risk, but mobile phones as well.
Phishing applications pose as ostensibly harmless entities in popular Android games, often masquerading as a cheat or modification only to steal sensitive information such as your passwords, usernames, and even credit card details.
An even more disturbing malware, the so-called “crypto-ransomware” is a hostile code that holds your phone hostage, locks the screen, encrypts your data, and impels a blackmail payment of up to $500 to undo. Simplock, a type of crypto-ransomware worms its entry into an Android devices’ administrator rights, spreading its encryption to not only your documents and multimedia, but archived files as well.
Most targeted devices of advanced attacks such as ransomware reside in the developed world, whereas the underdeveloped countries are subject to the older, well-known malware. Statistics have shown that 77 percent of Androids affected with this sort of malware are in the United States.