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Android Security Concerns? FBI Urges “Gingerbread” Users to “Watchout”

Android, Google’s popular smart phone software, is the world’s most used mobile platform. As it is so widely used, there are more and more hackers trying to find away to get personal info.

Those still using Android 2.3.7 to 2.3.7 or Gingerbread do not have the same security features that later updates provide. In a leaked memo, the FBI is urging local police to watch-out for criminals trying to take advantage of these lapses in security.

The easiest way for criminals to get your information is to get malware inside your phone. This lets hackers see where you are going and what you are entering on the phone. Being that most of us use our phone to check bank accounts, shop and send emails, there is a range of information for hackers to take.

Here are a few tips to keep your phone safe.

Only download from the Google Play Store. If it is not on the store, don’t get it. Apps on Google Play are scanned and tested for malware and viruses.

Another tip is to not open links that come in text messages, especially do not open one from and unknown sender. Often these are viruses that will descend on you phone and steal your info.

Lastly, get a free virus app from Google Play. These run in the background and scan files that you download. Make sure to keep the app updated as new viruses are added to the list, as they become known.

Take the same precautions as you would with your computer.  Mobile phone‘s are the next frontier of cyber theft. Keep your information private by keeping your phone safe.

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