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How to Avoid Malware on Your Android Phone

Android has revolutionized the world of computing, with thousands of exciting apps up for grabs. However in the midst of all this, there is one problem that most users are concerned about, and that is, the everlasting threat of various kinds of spyware & malware entering their devices when they download an app.

Since malwares are spreading fast on handsets around the world, it’s always better to be on the safer side and take precautions before downloading any application. Here are some tips to keep your Android device free of malware:

1. Go for the tried and trusted apps

There are umpteenth number of apps in the Android marketplace and though each one of them looks tempting, it’s not a wise thing to try all the apps since you never know which one might end up negatively affecting your device.

It’s always better to know beforehand what kind of an app you are exactly looking for and then select only the highest rated one, that is tried and trusted and has already been used by thousands of other users.

2. Install an Anti-Malware cum Antivirus App

No matter how much you try, there is never a foolproof solution to avoid malwares other than installing a good anti-malware cum anti-virus application on your device. The best part is that there are a lot of anti-malware apps for android that are available for free, so you won’t have to spend anything either.

I would recommend installing Lookout Security & Antivirus since it is an all in one solution that provides protection against viruses, malwares and spywares which means there is no need at all to download apps for these separately.

3. Read User Reviews Before Downloading

Android Market (Google Play) allows users to get to know about the apps in detail, which includes detailed insights into the features, ratings, number of downloads and user reviews. While all of them are generally useful, the last one is especially important.

Before downloading any app, always make it a point to go through what others have written about it. If the app poses any risks to the device, or comes with any bugs, then users will most likely write about it in their reviews. This is the reason you should read a few of the reviews first rather than neglecting them altogether, as it can save your device from any unnecessary trouble later on.

4. Check the App Permissions While Installing

Whenever you download and install an app on your device, the app asks for some permissions from you to access a variety of areas on your device. However if any particular app requires permissions for a totally unrelated area on your phone, then there might be something fishy and it’s better to avoid installing it than regret later on.

For example, if you install a personal finance app and it asks for permission to access your camera settings, then something is definitely wrong since the camera permissions shouldn’t be required by such an app.

5. Don’t Trust Third-Party Websites

Though Google allows third party websites to offer android apps, you should generally not trust them as some of the apps offered on such websites might contain malwares or viruses. It’s for this reason you should always keep the “Install Non-Market Apps” option disabled on your device as you will not be able to download any app from non-market app stores if this option is disabled.

These were a few tips from my side to safeguard your android phones against malwares. If you would like to share some other tips, then feel free to do so using the comment form below.

Author Bio:- This is a guest post by Harshit Singhal who runs a tech blog and a blog on tablet computers.

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