Tag Archives: Android

New “Insights” Feature in Avast Mobile Security Keeps You Informed | Avast

On September 8th, residents of Hamburg, Germany woke up to an unusual sight. Scores of kids were taking to the streets with signs, chanting lines such as “We are here, we are loud because you are just looking at your mobile phones.” And “Play with us…

Android device firmware cheats Chinese ad networks | Avast

After publishing our story about pre-installed malware on Android devices, we continued to analyze the firmware images of cheap Android devices. It is a rather sad endeavour, as our statistics put pre-installed malware as one of the top infection vecto…

North Carolina held for ransom and Agent Tesla becomes stealthy

North Carolina water utility shut down by ransomware
Hurricane Michael, Florence, and now this. It seems North Carolina just can’t catch a break as one of its major water utilities went offline following a ransomware attack. The Onslow Water and Sewer…

Managing app permissions | How-to guide for Android phones | Avast

In the grand scheme of all things security, app permissions are generally treated as the least important. After all, who hasn’t felt that pang of impatience when shown one yes-or-no option after another, when all we want is to start using that cool new…

Why does my phone get hot? Android Phone Overheating Guide | Avast

Most of us have experienced an overheated cell phone, particularly that radiating warmth after a conversation that went on extra-long. But what are some of the other causes why phones get so hot? Sometimes to the point where it won’t function until it …

How to detect and remove a virus from your Android phone | Avast

Previously in Part 1 of The Avast Guide to Android Apps, we covered all the common malware and how to deal with it. In part 2 of our ongoing series, we take a closer look at the murky world of Android viruses, how they can infect your smartphone, …

How to tell if an Android App is safe to install | Avast

By now, you should be familiar with that sudden bout of uncertainty as you are gearing up to install a new application. How do you check if an Android app is safe to install? Does it have a virus? What does a malware app even look like? If you have eve…

An Android flaw, “page-changing” malware, and more data breaches | Avast

Flaw allows millions of Android devices to be tracked
A new vulnerability, CVE-2018-9489, has been identified in all Android devices. The flaw allows hackers to track users through the interception of Wi-Fi network names, BSSID, local IP addresses, DN…