Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!
Original Air Date: Jul 12, 2017
Smartphone Protection Tips
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Your smartphone has been relatively safe when it comes to malicious apps as long as you only download apps from your official app store & avoid jailbreaking your device.
Jailbreaking iPhones or rooting Android smartphones essentially sidesteps the controls that the manufacturer puts in place and should only be done by tech savvy users.
A new scam is now bypassing all of the built-in protection by sneaking malicious apps onto your phone, even if you haven’t rooted or jailbroken the factory controls.
It usually starts with a well crafted e-mail or text message accompanied by a link to download a special app.
If you click or tap on the link which can allow the download to be completed, it can compromise your smartphone in a new way.
Once again, this underscores the importance of our long standing advice: If you didm not go searching for it, don’t install it.
These crafty cyber-crime rings are creating very persuasive looking messages that will most often look like they are from trusted resources through a friend’s hacked account, so stay alert.
If you want a little extra help identifying those malicious apps, checkout the free smartphone security apps at http://lookout.com.