Madware: Is Your Phone Protected?(Last Updated On: August 4, 2020)
It is amazing how quickly cell phones have become an integral part of our lives. Growing up, our family’s 1 cell phone was only used for emergencies, or when traveling. However, today it is important to nearly everything I do.
I rely on my phone to
1. Promote my Business: I can easily approve blog comments, update social media statues, and reply to emails on the go.
2. Keep Me Entertained:I like using it to read, listen to music, and play games in the car or in line.
3. Bank: I like being able to check my bank balances on the go. This helps me avoid overdraft fees, and stay on budget.
4. Connect with Friends and Family: From a long chat, to a quick text cell phones are one of my main forms of communication.
5. Wake me up in the morning: I have 5 or 6 different alarms for different days of the week, that I can set with just a push of a button.
However, I never knew that some of the apps I rely on for everyday things could be dangerous.
If you own an android phone I’m sure you’ve seen Madware even if you don’t know what it is. Have you seen those small ads at the bottom of games? Nearly 49% of those ads you see in free apps contain madware!
Madware can send text messages without your consent, track your location, or send messages to your notifications bar.
Teens and young children are especially likely to encounter it.
Surprisingly it’s found in some of the most popular apps such as Angry Birds and Brightest Flashlight Free.
Awful right? Luckily there is a free program called Norton Spot designed to find and remove spammy apps that don’t respect your privacy. You can download it in the Google Play App Store.
If you have an android phone and download the app, I bet you’d be surprised what apps you have that could be harmful!
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.