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Mobile Spam - It’s Kind Of A Big Deal

By AaronSamp - Saturday, July 14, 2012

Spam is nothing new and if you have been working on a computer for many years, you have most likely been dealing with junk email, spam applications, unwanted popups and more for some time now. There has been so much spam and malware on PC’s and Macs that now, these annoying little messages seem like they are just part of the experience. Using virus protection software, email scanners and still being careful what you click on has just become part of everyday life to those who use computers often.

Old Trouble Back Again

The same issues that we have been fighting for years are starting to find their way into our favorite mobile devices. It is actually surprising that it has taken this long for hackers and spammers to really start pushing on mobile considering the huge amount of devices that are out there and personal information stored on these devices is just as important to most users as the data on their desktop machine. The latest mobile operating systems are just as complicated and powerful as desktop OS’.

Is Apple Still More Secure Than Android?

There have been some apps on the Apple iTunes store that were problematic, but none have really enabled the apps on this store to really do anything malicious. Apple puts all the apps on their app store through a rigorous vetting process, so it is not often that problem apps make their way through to the live store where they can be downloaded. The Android market takes another stance, they allow everything through, then they knock down problem apps as they are found. This allows their market to grow much faster, but there are plenty of problem that come along with this method as well.

Spam In Your Notifications?

Recently there have been some apps that are on the Android Market that are allowing spam messages to appear on the notifications screen on Android enabled devices. Some names of these mobile troublemakers are as follows; “Find And Call”,  “App 2SD”,  “Air Push” and many more. The fact that you do not have to use the Android Market to download apps using Android phones and tablets make this an even bigger issue. If you are not tech savvy it is probably a good idea to go into your security settings and uncheck the box next to the “enable downloads of 3rd party apps” option. This will force your device to only download apps from the trusted source, in this case being the Android Market.

How To Stay Safe

There will certainly be more trouble like this to come and if you have already had trouble with spam on your phone or tablet, it may be time to start working on a solution. Most apps that cause spam notification messages or text messages can be removed. Many times people that are new to using smartphones are confused and think that push notifications are spam. These can be turned off on a per app basis rather simply. However, the other apps that are sending truly unwanted notifications, ads and spam to you can be removed to resolve the issue in most cases. If you want to avoid issues like these, staying up to date with mobile security and only choosing to download from trusted sources will help, but it will not be surprising to see mobile anti-virus apps coming soon.




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