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In time, PC users have become quite accustomed to malware, which is now considered to be part and parcel of owning a PC. But such cyber-attacks have eventually led people to start investing their hard earned money in specialized antivirus software programmed to deal with any existing threats, and protect the systems against any future threats as well. Sadly, malware has also evolved and now its scope has expanded beyond PCs and has crawled its way into handheld devices like smartphones and tablets. This is especially true if we’re looking at Android devices.

The main reason why Android devices are easy victims of malware attacks lies in the fact that since Android is an open-source OS, people can and do try to manipulate its use for unethical or even illegal purposes. The most common crimes that cyber-criminals resort to are stealing personal data and misusing personal information. Recent surveys conducted by AV-test have shown that there are currently more than 1 million different types of malware for Android, and that number is continuously on the rise. This has rung a lot of alarm bells among users and developers alike, since such threats could have a very negative impact on the long-term reputation of the Android OS.

Now the main question that arises is exactly how a device can be affected by malware since it’s not as vulnerable as its PC counterpart? Well the answer is quite simple actually.

Malware is often distributed through apps that seem non-malicious, and that cybercriminals control through advertising. When these apps receive a high number of installations, they begin to announce false notifications of updates that are actually Trojans (in hiding), and that are ready to attack that particular device. The malware is then received through either an SMS or some kind of other notification as soon as the user receives or opens it.

As mentioned earlier, there is also another type of malware which once installed on a device, can steal personal data including pictures, contacts, passwords to social networks, bank accounts, etc. Companies through the years have been trying to come up with different types of solutions to tackle this nagging problem, and one such app whose name is most certainly worth mentioning here, is Clueful for Android developed by the world renowned antivirus company Bitdefender Antivirus. While not specifically an anti-malware app in itself, Clueful is designed to protect your privacy: it not only shows you how installed apps use and possibly abuse your personal information, but also warns you of potentially dangerous apps that it feels could be harmful for your Android device once installed.

Clueful is quite prompt and alerts the user whenever it detects a potential threat in any of the apps that are already installed or any new apps that you are planning to install. The ratings show the installed app’s overall threat level, and if Clueful detects that it is malicious, it will notify you to either remove it or put it under quarantine in case you really need to use the app on a few occasions.

In this day and age, people have most of their personal data and information stored in their phones/tablets and losing it would be one of their worst nightmares. So in order to protect your valuable information from falling into the wrong hands, it’s better if you take preventive measures in the first place and have a proper contingency plan in store as well. Stay safe and protect your data from external threats by installing and utilizing proper antivirus and privacy software for your Android devices today. Cheers!

Google Play Link: Clueful For Android