Last week a lot of users found out their devices are vulnerable to a new bug called Heartbleed. A couple of days ago a cnet.com contributor Richard Nieva explained how anybody can protect their mobile gadgets from this vulnerability.
Basically, you need to change all Web-passwords. Users are generally unable to protect themselves against infected servers, but can prevent malware installation. The simplest advice is not to open suspicious links. This is an effective method for mobile devices which are commonly more vulnerable than PC’s.
Cisco Security Blog’s March 2014 Threat Metric report states that ads are the common source of malware on smartphones and tablets. In February the number of malicious ads made up 13% of mobile malware which increased to 18% in March. Last month 13% of malware came from business sites and 11% of mobile infections – from video sites. According to security company Blue Coat System, ads begging to replace pornography as the main source of viruses.
Malicious ads are usually given an appearance of legitimate alerts which warn users that their devices are infected. All they have to do to solve this problem is to click the link. Owners of Android smartphones and tablets are asked to change their settings and allow the installation of third-party apps outside of Google Play. For this reason users might want to buy their software only from official sources.
It is also suggested to block mobile ads. For this propose one can download the AdBlock Plus app. It is available as an extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome browsers, but is absent from iTunes and Google Play. A person can upload the Android-version of AdBlock Plus, but has to allow the device to download apps outside of Google Play. Users also have to manually change the proxy settings to make the software work.
Another option is to install a free version of Mercury browser that has its own ad-blocking tool. A free app called Lookout Mobile Security provides a real-time scan of malware on your device. Both programs are available for iOS and Android gadgets. Mercury includes a private-browsing mode, auto-brightness setting, day/night mode and login passcode. We recommend using software that allows real-time activity monitors which is more effective in preventing infections.