How to avoid getting a virus April 20 2016, 0 Comments
Prevalence of viruses on computers has made us all wary of the same affecting our smartphones. However, if you checked out our blog on android security, you will know that viruses rarely affect Android devices. Nevertheless, it does happen, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
If you’re like me, you probably don’t want your device being bogged down by resource intensive antivirus apps, in which case, do the following to avoid any virus infecting your device:
Avoid switching SD cards
Switching SD cards is the equivalent of sharing needles, so that is a big no-no. It may be tempting to borrow an SD card from a friend and pop it right into your device, but you can never know what they have in there. So find yourself a good SD card with these guidelines and settle with one, neglecting all others.
Avoid USB connections with public PCs
Unless it’s your own computer or one you trust, avoid transferring data from public computers and into your device. There may be a chance the computer may contain a virus that may affect your device or corrupted files which will make your device hang.
Use mainstream browsers
There are plenty of web browsers available in the Play Store for download, but you shouldn’t just use one because of its features or data saving or whatever. Browsing with a recognized browser such as Google Chrome will protect you from harmful websites which may have viruses lurking. Chrome is great at notifying you of harmful websites, but Opera browser and the default android browser are also safer.
Download apps from the Play Store only
All apps on the Play Store are scanned by Google servers to ensure they aren’t infectious or insecure. One might be tempted to download apps from other sources, but you can never be sure about their origin, and that might end up affecting your device. Another resource for android apps may be the Amazon App Store.