How to Stay Safe From Threat Onslaughts on the Android

The Statista estimates that the number of smartphone users in the world in 2019, is 3.3 billion and should reach a projected 3.8 billion in 2021. Gartner research for the second quarter of 2016, however, shows that Android holds 86.2 percent of the market, up from 82.2 percent in the year-ago quarter. The upsurge in the penetration of Android and other smartphones come with a price. Researchers at Check Point examined cyberattacks in the first half of 2019 and found that those targeting smartphones and other mobile devices have risen by 50% compared with last year. You don’t need a rocket scientist to decipher that the main reason for this increase in cyberattacks is due to increased use of mobile banking applications. Cybercriminals have a nose for the money and are increasingly distributing malware designed to steal payment data, login credentials, and ultimately funds from victims’ bank accounts.  The surge in mobile banking malware is attributed, in part, to the availability of malware-building kits for sale in underground forums. Top mobile malware detected so far this year include Android backdoor Triada (30%), Android hacking tool Lotoor (11%), and Android repackaging tool Hidad (7%). As an Android user, you should do…

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