These kind of self-replicating ‘worms’ send SMSs to your contact list, thus playing with the trust that the receiver has in you. Just because the person from your contact thinks that the message is from you and hence is a genuine text message, they might just get tricked into clicking the link and unknowingly allow the virus to get installed onto their phone.
When it comes to SMS’s, why are such attacks more dangerous?
a.) As criminals directly attack the Smartphone of the user, it becomes a highly personalized attack.
b.) Users generally respond to an SMS quickly as compared to an email.
c.) As it is a personal device, user may also have stored his/her personal information such as account details or credit card info on his/her Smartphone, for handy usage and quick transactions. This may also put user’s personal information in danger.
d.) Such attacks can be executed easily as minimal interaction is required for SMS phishing attack.
Fortunately, there are ways you can combat it. eScan suggests few tips that can keep you safe from such self-replicating ‘worms’.
•Always have anti-virus software installed on your Android Smartphone.
•Never download any application in Android from untrusted source. It is recommended that you only download apps from Google Play.
•Always be cautious about opening any suspicious looking SMS web-links. It is advisable to never click on links sent through SMS.
•If you receive a mysterious SMS from one of your contacts, call them up and confirm about it.
•It is better to delete any suspicious looking messages immediately.
To enjoy a safe computing experience with your Android based Smartphone, try the enhanced protection provided by the eScan range of security solutions for Android from the below links:
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Download link for eScan Tablet Security for Android:
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