When we talk about, the first thing that comes to mind is the. Rare is the week that we do not have a story regarding a new cryptocurrency virus, adware, trojan or mining that has affected I do not know how many thousands of Android users, and the most curious thing is that, despite the years, although we are now more and better informed than ever, we keep falling into the same traps as always. Where does Android malware come from? How are users infected? Let’s talk about the subject.
Psafe , a computer security company specialized in the analysis of malicious URLs, has published a really interesting report in which they address, among other things, the origin of Android malware. As you know, getting infected with a virus is a complicated task. Unlike the ‘stories for children’ that circulate on the Internet, that your computer security is compromised is quite difficult , especially if you have a minimum of common sense and ‘two fingers of the front’, as they say.
The report, which collects the data obtained during the first quarter of 2018 , shows that, in the United States alone, more than three million SCAM or online scams , which means that every American visits, on average, 23 malicious URLs per minute. A curious fact is that Men are twice as likely to click on dangerous URLs as women. Now you will understand why.
There are several origins of the malware, although The three most prominent are the following :
- False virus alerts : the typical tab that opens when you click on a link and tells you that Google has detected a virus. In general, to “solve the problem” you must download and install an app that, in effect, is the one that ends up infecting you. This trick is older than a mountain, and even then, it is responsible for more than half a million infections.
- Dating pages for adults : You’ve probably seen one of these type alerts “Women in your area”, “Hello, handsome, do you want to see my cam?”, “Better than Badoo!” and other things like that. In general, these websites ask you for permission to send notifications, through which malware can be installed. They also tend to redirect apps with ads. Sorry, but there’s no “Five girls in your area wanting to meet you” . These websites are usually focused on the male audience, which explains why men click on these URLs twice as often.
- Prizes and promotions pages : no, you are not the visitor a million and no, you will not win a high-end computer or smartphone. What these websites do is subscribe to premium SMS services and charge you a fortune by sending messages to your mobile.
I’m more than sure that a voice inside you is telling you “But are there really people who fall for these things?” . The answer is yes, a resounding yes. Therefore, again, we will emphasize have common sense and surf the Internet with a head . If something is too good to be true, it is false or it will end up abusing you in one way or another. Do not chew!