How To Video: Keep your Android device safe from malware
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How To Video: Keep your Android device safe from malware

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CNET's Dan Graziano provides you with tips for securing your smartphone and tablet.

How mobile devices -- more -- computers and they are phones but why is it we don't protect in the same way. Recent studies have shown that more than half of all PCs are protected with an -- -- programs compared to only just 5% of Smartphones and tablets. Android is the most used mobile operating system which is the reason why is targeted by cyber criminals more than any other mobile platform. I'm Dan -- you know I'm going to share with you some of the easiest method for keeping your -- device malware free. When download apps stick to a legitimate App Store such as Google play Amazon's apps or Samsung apps or one -- -- marketplaces from your carrier. You know when you're already -- you have to -- on the lookout for suspicious apps with our permissions and bad reviews many times malicious apps can look similar to legitimate ones. This was the case for the big BBN -- the surface a few months ago. Then there's the issue with side loading apps case in point -- opening up your device to more malware if you install apps outside these major stores. If you must do it make sure you get that from a trusted developer's website. Most pirated or cracked apps tend to be -- -- with an hour and let's face it in the long run you'll be kicking yourself you didn't buy the real version. Devices running Android four point two or higher also have access to a built in malware scanner for -- apps. This can be enabled by going to settings -- -- security and enabling the verify apps option. Why you're in settings scroll down to about phone and check to see if there's -- software updates available. Manufacturers carriers and Google are currently pushing out updates with bug fixes enhancements and new feature that can make your device more secure. The last and most obvious way to protect yourself from mobile malware is to install -- -- many anti bars apps from The Who placed door. For more information about -- -- -- including a list of some of the best anti virus apps check out my article on how to dot cnet.com. You can also reach out to me on Twitter with any questions and feel free -- -- so it -- used to -- state. I'm -- right after CNN thanks for watch. You can.

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