Adware is a common word which has heard everyone as this describes advertising support software. This makes profit out of commercial advertisements. You will find a small line in between the legitimate advertising; illegal advertising along with annoying advertising. In this you will find more of free programs which are supported by advertising. By this only the makers of these annoying apps are making their revenues. There is also another term which describes an application for Smartphones and tablets as this promotes several products and with the help of this they collect lots of advertisements. Such type of programs is known as “Madware”, i.e. the adware which is developed for Smartphone or tablets.
Juniper networks has updated an interesting report about mobile threats that it looks like Smartphones and tablets are nowadays are becoming the main aim for the cyber criminals. Juniper networks have managed to inspect around 1,85 million mobile apps and also spotted more than 276, 200 of nasty apps. It has been found that each person in this world has mobile phone and each of them some or the other day has received a so called SMS Trojan. It is some kind of primitive form of an online scam. This type of message you will get SMS/MMS along with some questionable phone number. And if you reply to this number then you get charged a bigger amount of money. This way only the Trojan works.
As the days are passing by, more and more people are using Smartphone and tablets and cyber criminals, scammer and hackers have also get the perfect time and so they try to keep on changing the technologies. However keeping those in mind, there are some security tips which will be helpful for people who are using Smartphones, mobile or tablets.
Avoid questionable SMS/MMS
Every mobile user should be careful for this tip even they are using an old phone. You should not reply to questionable message from unknown numbers and also you should avoid calling to such numbers. If you do so then there is high possibility at the end of month you will get enormous phone bill.
Avoid opening spam emails
There are some chances of getting virus, Trojan or malware when you open corrupt email attachments. Because of this it is recommended to be careful while opening unfamiliar email.
Lock your phone
Always remember to put 4 digit PIN code so that you can protect your SIM card. With this you can also protect your phone with different code, finger print, voice unlock or some other similar protection measure.
Carefully choose what apps to install
You will find many applications when you try to initiate unwanted activities behind your track like track you’re online browsing habits, your location etc. Therefore you should not blindly allow unfamiliar apps to track your location, access your personal information etc.
Keep your OS updated
It does not matter whether you are using Android, Apple or a different device, you should always keep your OS up to date. Some older versions may have vulnerabilities and flaws the updated version should cover.
Always try to avoid questionable free apps for online shopping. There will be no information of recorded if you use the unsafe app. If you are using Smartphone for online shopping, then it is better to use a basic internet browser like Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox etc.
Same to same rule is applied to social networks as on online shopping. Always prevent unfamiliar apps in order to browse social networks.
Valuable files and documents
You should be careful while keeping your credit card numbers or pictures of your scanned passport passwords etc. You should not keep any information in your phone because if you lost your phone then all private or valuable information in text files may be lost. Therefore it is recommended not to keep any information on your phone as your phone may be stolen in the street by some burglar or your phone may get hacked by cyber crooks.
If your Wi-Fi connection is turned on, Smartphones, tablets and even laptops are always scanning the nearby areas and looking for new connections. You may accidentally connect to an unsafe Wi-Fi and expose the computer to cyber criminals. So it is recommended to switch off your Wi-Fi when you are not using it.
The same rule applies to Bluetooth connection as to Wi-Fi connection.
It is recommended to clean your browsing history (at least one time in a month) if you want to remove various cookies, tracking beacons and similar files.
Those ads which you see are very dangerous like several madwares, unwanted programs, dubious apps and even malwares. These ads may be used by cyber criminals so that they can get their attention and make you to hit on it. After hitting on the ads, you may enter into the unsafe website and expose your device to several cyber threats. All those ads may include promotions, notifications about prizes that you have won and even fake updates.
You should always use security tool which should protect your Smartphone/tablet. So you should make a research and find the best tool which suits you. You should be careful and try not to download spyware in spite of good security software.