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1800 832424 – TECH 24 (AUS)- Google’s Best Tips to Android Ransomware Protection

It is always a matter of concern that ransomware are infecting Android devices. As per report and according to Google, less than 0.00001% of apps that you install from Google Play ever have ransomware. On a justifying note, Google states that you’re more likely to be struck by lightning twice. However, that doesn’t mean that Google say that ransomware isn’t a very serious issue. They are still a crotical problem and obviously need to give it a second thought while using your Android device. You will get hardly hurt if you exercise caution. It is must especially when a device has as much sensitive information as your tablet or phone.

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It is good to hear that Google has already done a lot of the work for Android users. To keep ransomware and all kinds of other threats from infiltrating your device, it has built numerous protections into Android. You’re in the best shape if you’re among the roughly 3% of users running Android 7 Nougat.

Google implemented several new features in its latest version to fend off ransomware, like “safety blinders”. This feature keeps apps from finding out all other running apps. Android 7 Nougat also launched protections against clickjacking which is a technique that attackers use to trick users into clicking buttons where they can’t see to kickstart malware.

This can be a big relief for you that Google has made it impossible for a malicious program to change your PIN. It is one of the most common way attackers and hackers use. They lock users out of their devices using ransomware apps and reinforce them to set up a PIN or other lock. Now for safety, Android apps are also sandboxed. Android apps will run inside isolated virtual containers so that they could not poke around where they’re not supposed to interfere. Though it’s not a impossible task to break out of a sandbox, but it is arduous.

There’s also a feature called Verify Apps feature, which has been around for years. This feature scans for suspicious behaviour and blocks them.  This feature will even remove suspicious behaviour from your device in very serious situations, all without you lifting a finger.

How Android users can avoid getting a ransomware infection

The first step to avoid getting a ransomware infection on your Android device is, don’t mess with the “untrusted sources” switch in your settings. Google screens apps in Google Play after checking them on its security parameters. It is not obvious that other places where you can find Android apps, like third-party app stores and filesharing sites will be necessarily screening apps.

Google advises you to do little investigation before clicking on download and install button of any app even in Google Play Store. Though Google is good at keeping threats out of its store, but still odd ones can still slip through cracks. Before installing any app, have a look at its reviews and see what permissions it will request. Skip the install if in case things aren’t adding up.

Another super-simple way to provide the protection to your device is, keep the software up-to-date. Make sure that you have the latest Android patches and current updates whatever software you have installed on your device. It will help you keeping malware at bay.

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High Popularity is the Menace for Android

Android is one of the most popular platforms which acquire more than 80 percent market share whereas iOS has a market share in the teens and rest is distributed among other smartphones operating platforms. With every new smartphone launching in the market is stretching more and more share that is why Android phones rule. One of the major reasons of Android popularity is Google’s decision to make it an open OS, but this also makes this platform vulnerable to attacks.

As Android is an open OS, it allows many manufacturers to make devices that can run Android. However, when so many venders are there to use and release it in several models, it leads to OS fragmentation and results in thousands of active version of Android. Tough it is not a big deal if the vulnerabilities of each version of software are patched as soon as they come to notice. Actual problem starts when Google, a smartphone manufacturer, or an OEM is not able to release the patch on time.

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Attackers have taken notice that most of the times there is a delay in releasing the security patches so they trade on such delays and mange to attack on the vulnerabilities of an Android device. Hackers and attackers may put malware in the Google play store to exploit these vulnerabilities. Google uses a tool called Bouncer to scan apps before allowing them to be listed and sold through the Google Play store, but attackers do this by obfuscating infectious contents of their apps to slip past Bouncer.

Using a dropper is another way to get malware past Bouncer security scans. A dropper attack initiates when the attacker uploading an app to Google Play that doesn’t have malware. Once the victim downloads and installs the dropper app, it communicates with the attacker’s server to downlaod malware and other infections to the user’s device. One more case in point for Android devices that security researchers recently analyzed is “Charger” ransomware. Researchers found that Charger is embedded in an app, which is available through Google Play. Once Charger infected the app, it steals SMS messages and contacts from user’s device and asks for admin permissions. Once you give it permission, the ransomware locks down your device and send you a message demanding payment.

Attackers are not using only these three ways to attack Android user’s devices, but they are also using malware for Android in more dangerous ways. Attackers are putting redundant components in malware to make their attacks successful. To execute their attacks successfully, the second component keeps attacking if in case security disables one component. Camouflaging malware to look like a legitimate, hiding the app’s icon, delay to run a program when malware runs, and using social engineering to get elevated privileges in order to stop users from uninstalling the app are other persistent threats that deter user from getting rid of malware..

An alarm should go off in your head if your organization’s employees connect their Android devices to your network services like email and VPNs. To prevent users’ mobile phones from becoming an entryway for hacking and attacking attempts in your organization, make sure that you have mobile security controls in place.

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How to Remove the G-button from the Android Keyboard

If you are Android user and using the official Google Keyboard application (now called Gboard), you may have noticed that at the top of the keyboard, Google Keyboard application features a new G-button. Regardless of application you are in, you can run web searches directly in the keyboard interface just by tapping on G-button. Means if you are using WhatsApp or facebook or any other application, you can search for “funny image.”

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Though it may be useful rarely, but often it is awfully distracting especially if you accidently tap on the G-button accidentally and it brings up the search interface. So if you often don’t use G-button, you can also remove it.  As you know that as you tap on the G-icon, it opens the search interface and Google shows suggestions and an option to type custom search queries. Results are always only a tap away and displayed in the interface, with weather searches and news.

If you don’t need the functionality, you don’t need the icon. It is the icon that provides you with or gets in your way. If you don’t need G-button, you may get rid of it from the keyboard. However, there does not seem e a way to remove the full line the G-icon is placed in.

How to remove the G-button:

  • Tap on the G-button in the chat interface and then tap on the preferences icon that displays next to other icons and the search interface.
  • On the Gboard keyboard settings page that opens up, choose Search.
  • Now search for options to hide the “G” button, and to disable predictive search.
  • The button itself is removed, if you toggle the Show “G” button switch. However the main issue is removing G-button will show a line there and it will be there as the button icon is replaced by an arrow icon.
  • If you tap on an arrow icon, it does not trigger the search interface directly, but it shows options to open the settings among other things and to run searches.
  • Right now, there does not seem to be an option to remove that line completely and you are left with dead weight in the keyboard layout that is of no use for you, but you can’t remove it.

There are many Android users who find the new Gboard “G” Button useful as it enables them to run direct searches without switching to another app. That’s why Google is pushing it with the update. There is no option to completely remove it, but you can avoid it technically by installing and using another keyboard app.

Why to Root Android Phone or Tablet

Many Android users are really conscious about rooting their devices because of many reasons. One of the very common reasons is that they got intimidated by the manufacturers’ warning who keeps on telling that tinkering with a phone can harm your device and/or devoid your device’s warranty. So users decide not to touch the device and play around with all the available software on the device. They believe that it is a better choice rather than doing something wrong.

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Apart from that multiple Android users may have different reasons. But rooting has plenty of benefits including enhancing your smartphone experience. If you have many doubts about rooting your device and not ready to take this road, explore the benefits of that and then decide.

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To get rid of carking bloatware

A very powerful benefit of accessing administrator privileges over Android is that it gives you full control over the applications installed on your device. If you have administrator privileges, you don’t need suffer any longer because of the cluttered app drawers and reduced memory space taken up by pre-installed manufacturer applications and carrier. Administrator privileges allow you to instantly cut the bloatware and useless apps while keeping those which are useful to you.

Although if you are running Android 4.1 or above (by now you likely are), it grants you the ability to disable those pre-installed apps that you don’t want to use or see, but you can’t permanently remove them. As a reason they eat up your memory space even though they are disabled. If you want to get rid of them permanently, rooting is the only way to remove them permanently. But make sure that you don’t uninstall something crucial otherwise your handset may not work in its intended manner.

For real backups

Improved backup and restore options are the next major benefit of Android. The cloud backup can store some of your settings and app downloads, but it’s just a list of things because it is not a true backup. If you want everything on the go, you will need to root. There are many backup applications that can serve the purpose of rooters if they are about to tinker around with Android software. You can store all your device data on those storage applications and get back all your important stuff if you mistakenly removed something crucial.

Don’t need to wait for manufacturers and carriers for releasing updates

Once you have created the full backup, you’re all set to move up to the next major perks of rooting, i. e. installing different versions of Android. You all may have noticed that manufacturers don’t deliver latest Android offerings frequently even to their flagship handsets. Some manufacturers are getting better at it, but it is still an issue of concern for many Android users. If you are also one of them who have issues, rooting opens the door to quick Android updates.

Because the developers are putting their time into porting the latest updates to various handsets. Almost every popular Android product has a decent number of follower developers who work on porting the latest versions of Android to multiple handsets. The only compromise you have to make is that you won’t get official manufacturer versions of Android, and as a result you may not be able to enjoy all the features that came with your phone. So if you are really concerned about enjoying all the features that comes with phone, you probably wouldn’t be rooting in the first place.

For custom ROMs

Apart from Stock Android, there are tons of other customized ROMs that bring in unique features and improvements to the default Android experience. Many custom ROMs offering several features, are at the forefront of innovation on Android, that aren’t available anywhere else. There are big third-party developers as well as smaller developers that offer ROMs with extended battery life or overclocked processor speeds. Most of the custom ROMs are updated to the latest version of Android very fast and offer you the best of both worlds.

To fix the problem of overclocking and underclocking

If a phone is slow, it just needs that extra push that is very popular among rooters. Overclocking the processor is a very popular practice among the rooters to make things snappier. Today even mid-end smartphones are pretty snappy, so overclocking is not much needed, but many of you may still want to speed things up.

There is one more practice that is more popular among the rooters. It is underclocking and useful to save battery of your phone if you get really powerful phone. It will alter the processor speeds by relinquishing the resources of power that spec offer but you don’t need them. In this way you can really save the resources of consuming too power.

For impressive customizations

Getting a wider range of customization and themes options is another reason to root your handset. Every Android user wants his phone’s home screens look attractive and stylish. Although there are multiple third-party launchers that provide the options to tweak themes and whatnot on your Android device without rooting, but rooting gives you needed access to the important files so that you can make changes in folders which usually remain hidden from users. Access to the system/fonts/ folder allows you to install and replace custom fonts and flash zip files from Recovery to install themes. But if you don’t like what you have in folder, there are some great root-only theme applications also to choose from.

For apps that do more

Rooting opens up administrator type privileges on your handset and gives you an instant access to all the core files available on your handset. You can take the full advantage of this for file browser apps because administrator privileges allow you to move stuff around on your internal memory.

Rooting is not a very popular practice and sometimes it is criticized for compromising handset security. But there are many security apps that use root functions to bury themselves deep down into the operating system so that intruders and cyber thieves could not remove them.

Important Note: Make sure that you research well and be careful if you have decided to unlock your phone’s full potential by rooting. Because you will be responsible if this process bricks your handset or/and void your warranty.

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