Use Android’s app marketplace? Beware of fake antivirus apps

Use Android’s app marketplace? Beware of fake antivirus apps

Android users should be careful what they download. Earlier this week, a sophisticated malware program was found lurking on Android’s app marketplace. However, this was not your ordinary virus. It disguised itself as antivirus software in order to trick users into downloading it.

Now, antivirus giant Kaspersky is saying that the rogue antivirus software was just one part of a larger malware network. Called the ‘Zeus’ virus, that larger malware network targets users’ banking information. With more and more people using their smartphones as a mobile banking device, it’s becoming easier for clever cybercriminals to steal your personal data.

Of course, when people hear about viruses on the Android operating system, they’ll immediately look for an antivirus app on the marketplace. This is when they encounter the rogue software, and the vicious cycle continues.

The Zeus computer virus is notoriously dangerous. It has the ability to inject pop-up advertisements into online banking websites. So, when you’re doing your ordinary online banking, a pop-up will appear alerting you to a problem with your account. In order to proceed you need to enter your information. That’s when it gets stolen.

Meanwhile, computer security professionals aren’t so sure about the method the rogue antivirus software uses to attack. Some experts say it’s not a fake antivirus at all, while others say that it harvests data from your phone or mobile device.

The jury’s still out on this one, but until mobile operating systems get smarter about security, you might want to stick to online banking on your computer. Of course, if your home computer isn’t safe, then you might need to take extra security measures. That’s why we recommend PC Cleaner Pro.

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