Can you get viruses on your phone device? The interface of Android and iOS provides excellent security from a traditional virus which means you can't get self-replicating viruses on a mobile phone. But today, the virus is not the major concerns. Viruses can infect your whole device and can corrupt the files and documents. But there are various other kinds of threats usually known as malware which can cause real harm to your device, data, and network.
Types of malware you can get on Android and iOS platform
Trojans can be referred to as one of the most dangerous kinds of malware. Trojan can steal your data, monitor your activities, and can provide remote access of your device to the attacker.
Spyware is used to collect personal and organizational information from the target's device. You can't detect spyware manually. The runs in the background and sends your data outside the device.
Ransomware is a kind of malware which encrypts the data and asks ransom for decrypting it. Even after paying the ransom you can't be sure that they will decrypt your data.
Adware is the software which generates online advertisement on the user interface and collects revenue for the developer.
Symptoms that your device is under malware attack
Frequent crashes and freezes
You can get crushes due to low hard disk space and low RAM but if you have a good amount of free space it's a clear sign that your device is under malware attack. If you are getting cruses while using the same program then you should quickly uninstall it.
Getting pop-ups is normal but if you are facing lots of annoying pop-ups then you may have adware in your phone.
Increased phone bills
If you are getting unexplained phone bills then your phone is surely under malware attack.
You may notice some apps in your application plate which are not installed by you. You should quickly uninstall that kind of apps before they cause harm to your device.
If your battery is getting discharged quickly; it means malware is eating up your battery. Malware usually runs on the background which means they are always active and drain your battery.
Tips for removing malware from your device
Install security software
Installing antivirus (anti-malware) is the best and basic technique for preventing these kinds of malicious threats. Always use genuine and legitimate antivirus for your device. Activate Norton with Product Key and get the authenticated antivirus which provides a powerful scan, firewall, parental control, anti-spam, PC optimization tools, password manager, etc.
Don't click here and there
While net surfing, you will see lots of pop-ups and advertisement on your screen. Whenever you see a good deal; you hit the pop-up instantly. These pop-ups can act as the carrier of malware. When you click the pop-up, malware will enter in your device and then infect your whole device. You should not click on any pop-ups. The best way for keeping these pop-ups and ads away is by going to browser settings and then turn-off pop-ups.
Secure your network
Today, you rarely get infected from CDs and flashes; the internet is one of the main components of getting malware. If you want to keep your device safe then you have to secure your network. Use a firewall while accessing the internet. The firewall monitors the incoming and outgoing traffic of your network and halts the network when finding something suspicious.
You should always update your software programs because updating the software provides security from new threats. If nothing works then you should restore your phone as a new device.
Also read - How to protect your webcam from cyber criminals.