Do you receive spammy text messages on your Android phone? I do...Frequently. For some reason, someone keeps insisting I am the winner of a $1000 Target gift card, and to claim it, I have to log into a website and enter a code. So of course, I tried to do so, and thankfully, my computer's anti-virus program flagged this site as malware and stopped any damage from occurring before it happened.
Did you know that there is such a thing as madware? Yes, I said madware, not adware. Although they're very similar in nature. Madware is mobile adware, and it only affects Android phones. (So if you don't have an Android device, you're safe.) Madware is generally acquired when you download apps. You see, you may think that you're getting a great free app for your phone, but developers actually sneak in madware.
Madware is a very real threat and can even lead to things like identity theft. Madware can gain access to personal information like your name and location, and this gets sent to others without your consent. Then come the pop up ads and spammy text messages. Yes, you may be able to change your settings to disable these ads, but at that point it's already too late...Your info is already out there. Pretty scary, isn't it?
It can be quite difficult to identify the apps that are causing problems. With so many apps out there for download, finding ones that you can trust is key. This is where Norton Spot can help! It's free to download in the Google Play app store for Android devices & helps you identify apps that don’t respect your privacy and remove them.
With these seemingly harmless downloads can come madware (mobile adware) and it proves to be the Trojan Horse of Android’s security. Linking itself to common apps like Angry Birds, Sam’s Club and Flashlight, madware gains access to your personal information, location, settings, and frequently delivers advertising inappropriately.
Here are some quick facts about just how prevalent Madware has become:
So as you're browsing for apps to download, it's always best to do some research about privacy breaches associated with them. And it's a great idea to download Norton Spot for your Android devices. Not only is this service completely free, it will also help identify potentially harmful apps, keeping your personal information safe from madware. I have downloaded this program, and I already have peace of mind!
To download Norton Spot for your Android device, click HERE.
*** Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Norton. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.***
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