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9 safety tips for your Android, according to Kaspersky experts

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It is not today that users know of the numerous attacks that can make them the victims of cybercriminals. When it comes to the security of our connected devices, it is essential to protect them from simple things, such as their usage habits, and to be aware of the different methods that criminals use to trick users and infect devices.

One of the reasons Android users are more exposed is because Android allows users to install apps from any source more simply, not just from the official store (like iOS). According to a Kaspersky Lab investigation, 83% of Android apps have access to their owners' confidential data, and 96% of these apps can be launched without consent.

We cannot deny that cybercriminals are very creative and, therefore, users cannot facilitate, even indirectly, these scams by providing more information than should be done., warns Thiago Marques, security analyst at Kaspersky Lab. Many do not research the app and only download for being on the rise. that's why I need to know more and more, understand how heavy that app and if really needed to download it, reinforces.

With that in mind, Kaspersky Lab has broken down some tips so that users are not the victim of their own attitudes and avoid scamming as much as possible:

1. How to download a secure app?

Google has an entire department dedicated to checking apps that end up on Google Play. However, the malware still manages to pass from time to time. Still, the risk of downloading a

infected app directly from the official store much smaller than from any other source;

2. s download and ready?

Before downloading, try to find out more details about the app description and creators, as well as other work they have done;

3. The app scores 10. What's the matter?

An app with good, good, and probably safer high marks, but stay tuned. A high score is not everything and ratings need to appear consistent, written by real people and non-bots, including negative ones, sometimes cybercriminals use Trojans to improve application rating. Also, look at the number of users, apps with millions of downloads are less likely to be malware;

4. What does your app need to know about you?

From the permissions system, the user can control how much freedom an application has. For example, does your new app really need to have access to your camera? What about your microphone? Common dangers involve the ability of applications to steal your data (location, contacts, personal files) and perform certain operations such as taking pictures, recording audio, videos, sending messages, and more. According to Kaspersky Lab, approximately 40% of people in Latin America admit that they do not check the permissions of their mobile apps preinstalled on their Android and iOS devices, and 15% of them do not check the permissions when downloading or

install new applications on your mobile devices;

5. Less more.

This phrase applies in the online world as well, since the fewer apps the user has on their device, the less likely they are


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6. The last time I updated …

The more up-to-date the operating system and application versions are, the less security issues the user faces on their device. Therefore, updates should be regular. Rather than having technology to their advantage, users need to be aware of the dangers in the online world to avoid them and the best ways to protect themselves., says Marques;

7. Double dose safety.

Two-factor authentication is a feature offered by various online service providers that add an additional layer of security to the account login process, requiring the user to provide two forms of authentication. The first general form is your password. The second factor can be anything depending on the service. The most common case is an SMS or code that is sent to an email;

8. My password 1234.

There is no way users can guarantee security if they don't start with a great protection like a strong password., reinforces Marques. Most obvious information such as date of birth, favorite singer, among others that are easy for anyone to know, should not be placed with passwords. Therefore, for a password to be secure, it must be unique and complex; in particular, it must be at least 15 characters long and combine letters, numbers and special characters making it difficult for cybercriminals to guess;

9. Oops, Wi-Fi without password.

Make sure your internet connection is secure. When you connect to a public site using a public Wi-Fi network, you have no direct control over your security. Therefore, you may prefer to use a VPN, to at least have control over where your data is going, such as Kaspersky Secure Connection itself, when you have questions about Wi-Fi network security. This tool prevents information interception, because it encrypts all data sent and received on the network. It's essential not to shop online or bank transactions while connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

Stay tuned for your user behavior, your safety starts with yourself!

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