3 simple steps that help you avoid ransomware on Android

If you're concerned about ransomware or other malicious bits getting onto your Android device, Jack Wallen offers up three things you can do to help protect your mobile experience from attack.

3 ways to avoid ransomware on Android

The rise of ransomware is upon us and it might seem like there is next to nothing you can do. To that I would say au contraire mes amis. There are a few simple steps you can take to avoid getting your data locked up in an encrypted jail.

First off, and this cannot be stressed enough, do not install applications from outside the Google Play Store. Just don't.

Next, you need to check for updates every day. If there's an update to either applications or Android, apply them immediately. When new malware is discovered, patches are written and made available. Do not avoid this.

Finally, don't just assume every website is safe. In fact, the opposite tactic will go a long way to help. You see, certain malware can be forced on your device from a simple, malformed URL. How do you avoid this? If some random person sends you a URL, don't click it. In fact, your best bet is to limit your Android web browsing to trusted sites only. If you do find an unfamiliar URL you want to visit, you can always check sites like Malware Domain List to find out if a domain is listed as a known offender of ransomware, phishing, or other attacks.

Keeping your android device safe from malware isn't a sure thing, but by doing these three things, you're ahead of the game. Use your device wisely to keep your data safe.

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By Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic, The New Stack, and Linux New Media. He's covered a variety of topics for over twenty years and is an avid promoter of open source. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen....