Scam of the day – July 31, 2013 – Continuing dangers of the Android operating system

Android is the most prominent mobile operating system in the world and is used to power some of the most popular smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy.  Anything popular with many people is also popular with identity thieves who look for where the most potential victims are and then focus their efforts on exploiting vulnerabilities in popular software systems.  It is for this reason that I have continually warned you about the dangers you confront using Android products.  You may want to take a look at my Scams of the day archive pieces from April 1, 2013; January 1, 2013 and October 13, 2012 as well as check out my book “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age” which you can purchase from Amazon by clicking on the icon on the right hand side of the page.

Part of the problem with Android systems are that older smartphones are not equipped to operate the latest versions of the Android system which have incorporated numerous security updates.  A particular area of vulnerability in smartphones is malicious apps.  Malicious apps that you unwittingly download may include keystroke logging malware that can steal all of the information from your smartphone and use that information to make you a victim of identity theft.

TIPS

One thing you should do to protect yourself is to limit your downloading of apps to well known, legitimate vendors such as Google Play.  Google scans all apps before it adds them to the Google Play store to make sure that they are not infected with malware.  Also, as I have advised you in the past, you should also protect your smartphone with a strong password, install security software, encryption software and include anti malware such as the app Lookout, which for $29.99  per year has a feature that continually scans your other apps for viruses and malware as well as also permitting you to lock your phone remotely or eliminate all of your stored data if your smartphone is lost or stolen.