Malware is software that has been produced in order to damage or disable any computer system. Thus, it is imperative that you protect your technology from this harmful software if you are to ensure that it does not become broken or compromised.

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This article provides you with the top seven tips on keeping Android phones safe by preventing Malware from attacking.

1. Install an Anti-Malware Program

There are actually programs available that have been designed specifically to protect your Android phone from malware. You are definitely recommended to install one of these programs.

There is a substantial selection of anti-malware apps for you to choose between and the good news is that the majority of these are free. Some of the most popular include; AVG, Avast, and Lookout. These will give your phone a much higher level of protection. Make sure you updated the apps whenever needed.

2. Set a Lock Screen

You would be forgiven for thinking that a lock screen is not of much use. However, when it comes to malware they do offer a degree of safety against casual attacks and thus simply setting a lock screen will be of benefit.

Most Android phones provide several different options for your lock screen; ranging from face unlock to pattern to password. The latter is recommended as this is more secure. Never opt for pattern.

3. Research the App Publisher

If you are going to download an app then it is recommended that you always do a little of research so that you can discover who the publisher is. You need to make sure that the publisher seems genuine so that you do not fall into the trap of accidently downloading malware. Assess what other apps the publisher offers and something doesn’t feel quite right, then don’t download the app in question.

4. Be Permission Savvy

When downloading or updating an app you need to be mindful of what the app is asking for. Don’t merely agree or accept without reading the words that come on your screen. For example, if you are updating a calculator app, then why should you need to give that app permission to go through your contact details? The answer is; you shouldn’t. If an app is asking for more than you’d expect or information that is not relevant, then don’t provide it.

5. Don’t Cache Passwords

This tends to be a tip that a lot of people do not like as caching passwords can be extremely handy for many. However, it is also a piece of gold for anyone who steals your Android or is attempting to hack into your phone’s system. If you save your passwords then you are handing thieves the jackpot – it is as simple as that.

6. Read Online Reviews

This is the best way to get honest and genuine information. If individuals have been a victim to malware via an app they downloaded then they are likely to post this information online in order to warn others from doing the same thing. Alternatively, if an app is safe then all of the positive reviews will put your mind at ease.

7. Don’t Download Android Package Files

And last but not least, make sure that you do not download any Android Package Flies – labeled as .APK. This relates to apps that have to be installed directly from third parties because they cannot be found on the Android Market Store. The reason you should not download these apps is because they are the most prone to malware attacks.

Author bio – Emily Steves has worked in mobile phone security for five years. At present her job involves keeping Android phones safe. This encompasses everything from developing software to writing advice articles