Some of you may have noticed strange emails from Whatsapp or Facebook telling you that there are messages waiting for you. Don’t click through! It’s potentially a virus, and a nasty one. Hackers create these emails in the hope that the brand recognition will imply legitimacy. If you do click through, a virus can potentially hijack your phone and wreak havoc with your personal data.
None of the emails are coming from Whatsapp or Facebook, but it isn’t difficult to disguise an email address using umbrella branding. These fake emails have become more and more sophisticated over the years, and hackers are using fairly advanced marketing techniques to get hold of your data. Too few people realize how vulnerable phones can be to viruses, and believe that only personal computers are vulnerable to infection.
It’s always better to err on the side of caution when checking attachments, and it doesn’t hurt to have a good antivirus. A good rule is, if an email is completely unexpected or seems suspicious in any way, don’t mess with it. If you don’t open any attachments, you’ll be fine.
As phone viruses and Trojan horses become more prevalent, the argument about the safety and security of the two primary phone operating systems tends to heat up. Though it’s pretty widely acknowledged Android has more security vulnerability, iOS users are not immune. In short, be careful. Don’t open attachments you don’t trust, don’t install sketchy sideloaded or jailbroken apps, and keep cautious.
Have you guys ever had a phone or tablet virus? How do you think you got it, and how did you get rid of it?