Android devices under risk of security attack

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Android devices are most likely to face security challenges due to their exposure to malware. These are the software’s intended to damage the device and its system. The devices systems can be damaged circumstantially when users continuously open untrusted sites and accept cookies from different ads.

In March 2020, the CookiesStealer malware was reported for forcibly installing apps on victims devices to gain money for advertising, and it is said that it may have infected over a quarter of devices offered by some low-cost Android vendors. Kaspersky recently reported that many Android devices that had been hit by cybercrime could still be harbouring malicious files or items without the user’s knowledge.

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Security researchers discovered that most of the Android phones will end up storing undetectable files and apps following the pervasive system attacks. Generally, the firm found that 14.8% of all users attacked by malware or adware in 2019 suffered an infection of the system partition, indicating files were embedded in undeletable system apps and libraries at the code level.

Android users can lessen widespread cybercrime by having updated security suites such as anti-virus. Kaspersky warns that for many users, it may be unmanageable to remove malicious adware and malware permanently from their devices, alternatively, users should learn just to live along with it. Manufactures are equally to blame, pre-installing adware modules “under the hood” to show users adverts when in use.

Unfortunately, if a user purchases a device with such pre-installed advertising, it is often impossible to remove it without risking damage to the system. Android users should be aware of Spyware which remembers users passwords and shoots advertisements, therefore advised not to accept cookies, instead, they should block or filter them.

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