Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!
Original Air Date: Dec 6, 2016
Smartphone App Warning!
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Smartphones have pretty much been safe from infected apps as long as you made sure to get your apps from one of the official app stores and you didn’t jailbreak or root your device.
Jailbreaking or rooting a smartphone allows the user to bypass the factory controls put in place by the device manufacturer and generally, it’s only done by tech savvy users.
But, unfortunately there’s a new scam that's in circulation that will sneak a malicious app onto your device, even for users that haven’t bypassed the controls on their smartphones.
It generally starts with a cleverly crafted e-mail or text message that includes a link to an app download.
If you click on the link, it will exploit regular non-jailbroken iPhones or unrooted Android users.
This once again emphasizes the importance of my long standing rule: If you didn’t go looking for it, do not install it.
Malicious app creators have generated some very convincing messages that appear as if they're from trusted resources through hacked accounts of your friends, so stay alert.
If you want extra smartphone protection, checkout the free security apps at https://www.lookout.com/products/personal