The smartphone. It may seem like the last safe haven from online security threats. As it rests snugly in your pocket, you may never even think a virus, trojan or other malware could ever touch it. And even if it did, how much damage could it really cause? Well, for Android users, we’ve got some bad news. There’s a new malware in town that can cause catastrophic damage to your phone and data. In fact, it can wipe out all your personal data completely. Here’s the full scoop on this terrifying malware, and some simple tips to prevent it from infecting your Android.
How does it work?
Mazar, as the malware is known, spreads exclusively via links in a text message. Once the user clicks on the link, Tor software is downloaded, which hides the source of the malware by allowing anonymous Internet connections. Then with little chance of being noticed, mazar is downloaded onto the phone.
What’s the risk?
Not only can mazar erase all your personal data, but it can also wreak havoc on your phone in other ways. If your Android is infected, the malware can secretly monitor your device, send text messages, and take control of your settings and keys. Similar to trojan malware, mazar creates a backdoor to your smartphone for cyber criminals to enter. Once the hacker is in, he can control your Android as however he sees fit.
How can you protect your Android?
If the language setting of your phone is set to Russian, you are safe. So unless you’re looking to take up a second language, the best security measure is to be cautious of all text messages you receive on your phone. Just like your mother taught you not to talk to strangers, you should also avoid clicking on their links. But you should also be wary of texts from friends because, as most of us know, hackers can easily disguise themselves as those close to us.
Lastly, there is one small, practical step that may help prevent mazar from infecting your Android. Simply switch off the security setting that allows apps from unknown sources to be installed on your phone.