Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!
Original Air Date: Aug 5, 2016
Lookout Smartphone Protection
Our smartphones have been relatively when it comes to malicious apps so long as we stick to downloading apps from the official app store and avoid jailbreaking your device.
Jailbreaking an iPhone or rooting an Android phone bypasses the downloading controls that the manufacturer puts in place and should only be done by tech savvy users.
But a new scam is changing all of the built-in protection by sneaking malicious apps onto your phone, even if you haven’t broken the factory protection.
It generally starts with a cleverly crafted e-mail or text message with a link to download an app.
If you click or tap on the link and allow the download to complete, it will compromise your smartphone in a whole new way.
This once again highlights the importance of my long standing advice: If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it.
These clever cyber-criminals are creating many very persuasive messages that often look like they're from trusted sources through hacked accounts, so be on the watch.
If you want help identifying malicious apps, checkout the free smartphone security apps at http://lookout.com