Ransomware attacks are not limited to just computer systems and their networks, but in fact cyber criminals have started to target smartphones to have a larger reach, considering smartphones are used by everyone these days and at all times.
Android phones haven’t been targeted as much, but Google has taken preventive measures to be on the safe side in case a cyber-attack does affect their users. They have made additional security features on Android Nougat. Senior Program Manager, Android Security, Jason Woloz stated in a blog assuring that they have implemented plenty of protections in Nougat and continue to improve the existing defenses that have been installed since long time.
It’s great to have built-in defenses in your android phones thanks to Google, but it is always better to be a little more careful and take some precautions yourself against the ransomware.
Necessary Precautions against Ransomware for Android Users
Google has done a marvelous job at sending security updates that keep your android phone safe from any ransomware or others forms of cyber-attacks, but being extra careful is still advised. Here’s what you can do to prevent your phone from ransomware.
When you are downloading apps, strictly download them from trusted parties- mainly being Google Play Store. Refrain from getting tempted to download from other sites and ones that are free. It’s a great phishing trick as users we all want things for free or trial bases.
Data Back Up
Make sure you are backing up all your phone’s data, whether files, important file downloads photo and more. You can back up your phone’s data on your computer, or have a cloud account set-up and save everything there (Google Drive), there is also portable hard disks or USBs.
Check Reviews and Rating of Apps
You need to make thorough judgment when planning to download apps and go through their reviews and ratings. Chances are you can learn a lot about the app in question and see whether they are original and not dummies that are made to phish and attack.
Check for Security Updates
Keep yourself informed about the latest security and ransomware prevention updates Android is providing. So you can see if your device has follow through with the update and is completely secured. Go to settings, click ‘About Phone’ and check your android security patch level- should be recent.
Google Play Protect
Google Play Protect option is there for a reason- to protect your device from harmful apps that are disguised. Check and make sure that it is activated. If not, then go to your android phone’s Google Play Store App, tap on the menu and then on Play Protect. Simply switch on the ‘scan devise for security threats’ option.
Look out for App Permissions
A big red flag is apps that don’t ask for much permission, might have malware and is looking forward to have control on your phone. So watch out for few permissions.