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Android tablets are one of the more popular mobile devices for business and Google Apps users. A popular reason for this is because of the large variety of apps available to users. The number of apps will only continue to grow and criminals know this. One thing criminals do is they create fake apps that look like legitimate ones, but contain malicious code, potentially exposing important data or more.
So, how can people protect themselves and make sure that their tablet is only running applications that are safe and secure?
Downloading an app from well-known and legitimate sources, like Google Play, Samsung or Amazon, used to be good indicators that a site could be trusted. Since these sites are routinely monitored and scanned for fraudulent apps, you can feel assured that any app you buy from these stores are safe to use. But a recently isolated incident involving an app called “Virus Shield”, which sold on Google Play, has lead users to reevaluate their downloading habits.
“Virus Shield” became a top selling app with several 5-star ratings on Google Play. It was bought and downloaded by over 30,000 Android users, who went on to discover that the app offered no functionality whatsoever. Dubbed as fake and a scam, the app has since been deleted from the store.
To avoid becoming a victim in situations like this, there are several effective ways you can make sure your tablet is not vulnerable to fake applications.
Because the market for tablets is growing, companies offering effective anti-virus solutions are increasingly becoming more reliable. If you are not too sure about downloading free anti-virus software from stores like Google Play, for example, then you should purchase separate third-party software for your Android device, from well-established companies that offer good after-purchase customer service.
Third party anti-virus software may come with monthly or yearly subscriptions, as well as different premium rates for different types of security measures. But do consider the benefits versus the cost carefully, before you make any purchase.
If you are looking to learn more about protecting your Android tablet, contact us today to see how we can help.
Published on 19th March 2014 by Jeanne DeWitt.