The Ransomware is a new wave of cyber threats, and your Android device is not immune to this obnoxious malicious software distributed by unscrupulous cyber criminals. The best way to keep your Android device safe from is to follow the precaution measures discussed below:
What is a ransomware? A Ransomware is a kind of virus that is distributed over the internet. The perpetrators can hack a computer and install the software or trick the user to install the software through mail attachments or covertly hiding the malware within another seemingly safe software.
Once the ransomware is installed, it locks up the device and encrypts all the files. The device owner is then instructed to pay a ransom amount to a bitcoin address before the device can be unlocked. Bitcoin is perfect for these perpetrators because the transactions can be made anonymously across international borders. The ransom can range from $200 to several thousands of dollars.
How to be safe from ransomware
Follow the following proactive steps to safeguard your Android devices from ransomware.
Install the latest Android Update for your device.
Always check your Android for the latest updates from your device manufacturers. These updates do contain security patches and feature upgrades. Your device manufacturers are aware of emerging security risks and do take the necessary measures to ensure their customers are safe.
Only Open attachments from trusted sources.
The rule of thumb regarding email safety is not to open attachments from total strangers. Although, some great email service such as Gmail has an inbuilt antivirus; it is still in your best interest to ignore attachments from unknown people because it may contain malicious software that can infect your computer and in the case of ransomware, deprive you of your important data until a ransom is paid.
Only install Apps from Google Play
A common way through which ransomware are distributed in through Android programs called APKs. The ransomware can be packaged as a useful app and distributed online. There are times when these perpetrators reverse engineer other apps and inject the virus. Therefore, only install apps downloaded from Google Play Store and other credible Apps stores. The app stores do check all applications distributed on their platform to ensure it is free from malicious software.
Don’t browse Questionable Websites
Very often, most of these harmful codes are distributed through questionable websites such as porn sites, hacking sites, cracked software sites and the likes. It is in your best interest to stay away from these types of website.
Install an Antivirus
For the overall safety of your device, install an up-to-date antivirus. An antivirus can detect a malicious code and prevent it from execution. The little investment you make in buying an antivirus for your Android device can save you hundreds of Dollars in ransom fees when your device get infected by a ransomware
Backup your Data
It is good computing practice always to have your data backed up as a contingency plan in the event of data loss. Your device may not be locked out by ransomware, but your Android device may be stolen, crash or get bricked. A backup can save you from data loss disaster. Leverage enterprise security by Signing up for any of the many free cloud drive services such as Google Drive which gives a free 15 gig space. You can easily restore your data when it is lost, corrupt or locked ours by ransomware.
By following the steps described above, you will be able to safeguard your Android Device from the growing menace of ransomware.