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Signs that tell if Your Android Phone was Infected

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With great power comes greater responsibility. With great openness comes greater vulnerabilities. The stark fact stands too true for the Android ecosystem. Unlike iOS, you can install any .apk files on your Android phone within seconds and get that app running. As android user you enjoy the absolute openness (hence larger number of apps) but have you ever thought this openness has subjected your android phone to several security flaws?

When there is good there is evil too. Malware apps are not new in the Android ecosystem but the dizzying speed at which they are spreading is certainly new. Some common behaviour of the malware apps include using your antenna without your permission, sending messages automatically, using your pocket data connection and what not.

So here are some signs that point to the fact that your phone was affected and its time to take some proper measures to ensure flawless experience.

Poor Battery Life

It is one of the most prominent signs of being your phone infected. If you noticed a sudden drop in the performance of your battery, its time to get a check on all your apps. The malware causing battery drainage might be hidden or in the form of adware.

Constant Call Drops

You might be in call and suddenly it drops and it happens often, you need to have a check whether it was the network’s fault or your phones. Some malware can eavesdrop on your conversation and might record and send it too.

Unknown Data Usages

Have a check on your device’s download and upload pattern. If there is a significant change in the pattern, it might be a sign that the malware is using your data connection to send/receive data from a third party.

Performance Lag

Does your smartphone restarts itself more than ever? Or is it taking longer than usual to access an app? Chances are the malware might be using the system resources and leaving lesser RAM for your apps to function. Perform a check on your RAM and CPU load usage and you could draw some conclusions.

Safety Measures

Tons of anti viruses (most of them are free) are present in the Google Play Store to try your hands on. Norton, BitDefender are some of them. It is always a better idea to take help of these specialised apps instead performing manual cleanup.

As a precautionary step, you should check the app credibility and read before you agree to the apps terms and conditions. The recent versions of Android also allows you take a look of the resources that will be used by the app before installing it.

A minute of attention during the app installation can save you from the trauma of fighting with the “infections”.

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360 Mobile Security Review [Android]

Android is all about openness. Myriad of apps are available for you to download either from the Android (read Google) proprietary Play Store, or Amazon Store or from the any corner of the Internet. The openness which i liked about is not only its strength but also one of the cause of vulnerabilities. That is where anti viruses for Android come into notice.

Though there are too many anti viruses available for android but one of them has more than three thousand reviews and gains 4.8 star ratings. 360 mobile security i am talking about. The ultra minimal and clean and beautiful interface is what makes it apart from the mass.

Getting Started

The app is freely available at the Google Play Store and you won’t have to apply rocket science in installing it. The moment you first open you’ll notice the beautiful blurred background and colourful icons greeting you and making you aware of the features of the same. Vertically scrolling on boarding sequence that is called. Just to note that the app requires the root access of your phone.

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Virus Scanning

For the first time it is preferable and suggested that you let the app quick scan your entire phone. The progress circle is definitely futuristic in looks and below the animation there is a detail pane which tells about the current app being scanned.

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After the scan i was presented with the following result of a vulnerability and methods to fix it. Though you don’t require to take any action manually, 360 Mobile security does the job for you.

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Task Killer

360 Mobile security gives you a complete device protection along with the device optimisation too. The app has an inbuilt feature called System Cleanup which clears out your RAM but destroying the running apps. Although not a suggested thing to do on modern android phones.

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Floating Overlay

After installation of 360 mobile security you will notice a floating overlay which displays the current used memory percentage. Tapping it opens an overlay with toggles for Wi-Fi, brightness, GPS and other important settings.

Holding and dragging the overlay pops a drop target that causes the task killer to run and ultimately clean up applications.

Notification Center

The 360 Mobile Security also appears on the notification centre with a strip containing the shortcut for the app, current percentage of memory usage, shortcuts for alarms, recent apps and a very interesting feature flashlight.

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In my more than two weeks of usage i have found the app suitable and useful. A question can a mobile security software has to look too good pops every time i use it but than as it doesn’t affect its performance i answer myself “Whats wrong in that?”.

Do you use any mobile security app for your Android phone? If yes which one and what makes you use it?

Download 360 Mobile Security | Google Play Store

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Android Tips

Get SMS Alerts When Android Phone is Lost or Stolen With New SIM Card Number and Location

Smartphones are a part of our daily life, and it is tough to imagine our day-to-day life without them. We all store a lot of personal data on our phone including our bank account information which can wreak havoc if someone else manages to get their hands on it. We all shudder at the thought of our phone getting stolen, and some unknown person getting full access to all our data. While it is not necessary that our beloved Android device will be stolen, it is always better to be prepared for such situations beforehand, rather than regretting later on.

There are tons of apps in the Play Store via which you can remotely protect your device in case its ever stolen or lost. Some of the popular apps include Lookout, Avast! Mobile Security and Android Lost. Plan B is a very popular anti-theft app that can be installed remotely on your Android device even after its stolen. However, the app requires a working data connection even after its stolen, chances of which are pretty slim. After all, the first thing a thief will do after stealing your phone will be to throw your SIM card and switch it off. Later on, in all probability he or she will reset the device to remove traces of any anti-theft apps.

Thankfully, most of the anti-theft apps are nowadays smart enough to even survive a factory reset, provided you have root access on your Android device. Cerberus is hands-down the best Anti-Theft app in the Play Store with many advanced features. However, the app needs to be pre-installed on your Android device before disaster strikes and someone steals your phone.

Setup An Anti-Theft App On Your Android Device For Protection Against Future Thefts

Step 1: Download and install Cerberus from the Play Store. The app is free for 7 days, post which users will need to purchase it for only 2.99 pounds. One license of Cerebrus will allow users to use the app on up to five devices. After downloading the app, start it and sign-up for a new account.

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Step 2: The first thing that you need to do after installing Cerberus is to enable it. Under ‘Device Administration’, the status of the app will be shown as Disabled. Click on it, and then grant Cerberus Administrator access on your device. If you have root access on your device, then the app will automatically ask you for root access. Grant root access to the app if you want it to survive a hard reset and for other advanced functionalities.

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Once you have enabled Cerberus, enable the ‘Remote Wipe’ feature as well. This will allow Cerberus to remotely format your device or its memory card, in case its ever stolen or lost.

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Step 3: Head over to the ‘SIM Checker Configuration’ option in Cerberus. This option will automatically send you the location of your device and the SIM info to certain pre-defined numbers along with an email to your registered email ID, whenever an unauthorized SIM card is inserted in your phone. You can pre-define up to three different numbers here. In future, if your device is ever stolen, you can use either of these pre-defined numbers to remotely control your Android device via SMS.

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If you regularly change SIM cards in your phone, make sure you authorize both the SIM cards. Otherwise, every time you change SIM cards, your phone will lock itself.

Conclusion

And you are done! Now, if your beloved Android device is ever stolen or lost in the future, you can still remotely control it or in worst case, wipe it. Cerberus will also automatically click a picture from the front camera and email it to you whenever someone enters a wrong PIN or Pattern unlock code, or dismisses a Cerberus message or alarm. This way you might just be able to catch the thief. Make sure to enable the option from under ‘Automatic Photo Capture’ sub-menu in Cerberus.

Keep in mind that Cerberus is not that effective on Android tablets since most Android tablets lack the ability to send or receive SMS’s. However, on phones, especially the ones with root access, the app will provide you fool-proof security in case its ever stolen.