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Android phones still need Internet security


Trend Micro Internet Security for Android Transcript:

With all the personal information stored on your mobile devices, it’s more important than ever to have protection against dangerous websites, viruses and malicious apps that try to steal your data.

Let’s have a look at how Mobile Security for Android from Trend Micro can help to keep you and your devices secure.

First up, there’s the Pre-installation Scan feature. This checks any app that you’re about to install to make sure it’s safe – before it goes onto your device.

Pay Guard Mobile provides increased protections for your finance and shopping apps.

Then there’s Web Guard, which looks for dangerous websites not only when you’re using a web browser, but for other apps that access the internet.

If, like me, you can’t keep up with the ever-changing privacy settings of social media, Mobile Security for Android can check your Facebook and Twitter accounts for you. 

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Got kids? You can control access to websites and even apps on their devices. And if you use public networks, Wi-Fi Checker is a must for verifying the security of your connection. You can download Trend Micro’s Mobile Security for Android from the Google Play Store, and try it for free for a few days.  

Buying the app comes with the benefit of Lost Device Protection, which can help you find your phone or tablet, or remotely wipe it. And that’s great for peace of mind.

We’ve posted more videos about staying safe online

For how to protect your personal details from being sold on the dark web, click here.
To keep your kids safe online, even when they’re away from home, click here.

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Rogue is An Android Malware That Gives Hackers Full Control Over a Phone: Here’s What We Know


A new type of Android malware that provides hackers with a nearly-full access to a user’s Android smartphone is doing the rounds on underground forums. Called ‘Rogue’ remote administration tool (RAT), the malware infects victims with a keylogger, allowing attackers to easily monitor the use of websites and apps in order to steal usernames and passwords, as well as more sensitive information like a user’s financial data. The malware, according to reports, is available on underground forums for as low as $29.99 (roughly Rs 2,200).

This low-cost malware threatens a full-scale takeover of a victim’s smartphone, monitoring the GPS location on the target, taking screenshots, using the camera to take pictures, secretly recording audio from calls and more. The virus does all this while being hidden from the owner of the smartphone. All an attacker needs is their own smartphone to issue commands on an infected device. This malware has been detailed by cybersecurity researchers at Checkpoint Research as a combination of two previous families of Android RATs – Cosmos and Hawkshaw – and demonstrates the evolution of malware development on the dark web.

While there is no single way in which hackers install Rogue, it is usually pushed on a victim’s smartphone either by phishing, malicious apps, or other such methods. After being downloaded on a smartphone, Rogue asks for permissions that it needs for the hacker to remotely access a smartphone. If the permissions are not granted, it will repeatedly ask the user to grant them until they do (like many other apps these days).

Once the permissions are granted, Rogue registers itself as the device administrator and hides its icon from the home screen. If the user tries to remove it as the administrator, they are met with a “Are you sure to wipe all the data?” prompt, something that mostly scares people off attempting to remove the installation, fearing they’ll wipe their entire device.

The Rogue RAT exploits Google’s Firebase service for apps in order to pretend to be a legitimate app on the device and help it remain embedded and active. Once successfully installed on a device, the malware also installs its own notification service, allowing hackers to…

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