The dangers of having Malware on your smart phone.

Having recently spent ages removing Malware from my Samsung S5, I know what a pain it can be. But, just how big a problem is it really?


Malware

According to Alcatel-Lucent's Motive Security Labs, there are currently 16 million mobile devices in the world that are infected with Malware and that number is increasing year by year.

Android users take the biggest hit with infection rates now equal to Windows laptops. iPhone and Blackberry devices are still prone to infection; however infection rates are less than 1%.

So what is the threat? Apparently the top mobile threats are mobile spyware apps. These get up to all sorts of mischief including: tracking your device location, monitoring your outgoing and incoming calls and text messages in addition to checking out your emails and recording your Web browsing history. Yep! Really scary Edward Snowden stuff.

The primary reason Malware has been growing is down to device owners not taking appropriate security precautions. 65% of us expect our service provider to protect our devices.

Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Malware is defined by its malicious intent, acting against the requirements of the computer user.

Malware may be stealthy, intended to steal information or spy on computer users for an extended period without their knowledge, or it may be designed to cause harm, often as sabotage, or to extort payment. 'Malware' is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs. It can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software. Malware is often disguised as, or embedded in, non-malicious files.

Malware can be diffiult to remove from your device; however there are a number of good Malware removal programs out there. My favourites are Malwarebytes and AVG.

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