The danger has become more pronounced as the world goes from desktop to the convenience of palmtop with increasing use of smart phones.
The process usually starts when an unsuspecting user taps on the phone to download a feature-packed free app. It could even be an android defender app meant to defend your android device. Actually a malware, it can take a computer hostage, by denying the user access to files and attempts to convince the user to purchase a full version of the software in order to remediate non-existing infections, thus qualifying as a ransomware. The application continues to pop up messages on the screen until the user pays up money through internet banking.
A case in point is an app called Android.defender, which is actually a fake one that locks up the device just like Ransomware. Most users do not have the capability to uninstall the malicious app as the malware attempts to prevent other apps from being launched. The threat also changes the settings of the operating system.
A sample study of 1000 users by
"At first glance of the
The study also revealed that 61% Indians access social networks, 54% access personal emails, 44% shop online and 42% access their bank accounts through a public or unsecure Wi-Fi.
Most Popular Stories
- American Airlines, US Airways Complete Merger
- ACA Delay Stresses Small Businesses
- Questions Remain in Jenni Rivera's Death
- Unemployed Wait as Lawmakers Debate
- Harley Issues Motorcycle Recall
- General Dynamics Plans 200 New Jobs in N.M.
- Auto Dealer Builds Big Solar Project
- Entrepreneurs' Next Creation May Be New Laws
- Saab Gets Back into the Game; U.S. Auto Sales Soar
- Dell Offers Undisclosed Number of Employee Buyouts