Phones in the workplace have enticed hackers to design specific threats for mobile technology. Cyber-criminals want to steal your data and sell it back to you by infecting your Android with ransomware. What is worse, is that you could be the one to download this devastating malware onto your phone. Protect your mobile today.
According to Techopedia, ransomware is a "type of malware which infects, locks or takes control of a system and demands ransom to undo it. Ransomware attacks and infects a computer with the intention of extorting money from its owner." Pretty nasty stuff.
Don't pay the ransom
According to the IT security company ESET, it is rare that cyber-criminals will actually provide a way to reverse the damage.
That means that even if ransoms are paid, most likely your data will not return.
Educating your team on how to best safeguard their Android devices can be extremely valuable. Losing data can be an enormous legal liability and careless employees are an even bigger liability. Data loss could result in lawsuits or fines.
How does this type of malware infect your phone?
In order to do damage, ransomware must first be installed on your device. Not installing ransomware sounds easy enough, however it can be tricky.
Generally, there are two ways to install programs on your smartphone. The first way is to download from app stores, like Google Play and Amazon Appstore. The second way is to download directly from websites and email links.
Androids usually get infected through apps carrying hidden malware. Unverified sources often advertise free apps that hide the ransomware. Furthermore, the best of these apps can avoid detection and get into monitored app stores.
What does it look like?
Similar to ransomware on personal computers, mobile ransomware holds data stored on your device hostage and demands ransom.
In early 2018, ransomware infected the popular Russian social network app, called OK. The malware worked by prompting users to change device settings. As a result, there was no option to close the prompt. Users were then forced to accept, which locked everything down and left victims holding nothing but a ransom note.
How do you protect yourself from mobile ransomware?
Avoid downloading apps directly from websites or third-party app stores. Make sure you turn on Google’s security system — Verify Apps — which scans all the apps about to be installed on your device for potential threats. You can do so by opening Settings > Security > Verify Apps, and activating Scan device for security threats.”
Moreover, install antivirus software on your device and keep it up-to-date. Finally, back up important files from your device to a USB disk, a computer, or any cloud-based service. That way, in the event you are forced to factory-reset your smartphone or tablet, you won't lose any valuable data.
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