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3 signs you have an Android virus

3 signs you have an Android virus
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As smartphones and tablets match laptop and desktop computers in power and become our main way to communicate and store sensitive information, it's no surprise they've become a serious target for hackers. Criminals around the world are working hard to slip viruses on to your smartphone and tablet to steal data or just cause trouble.

With its open ecosystem and ability to install untrusted apps, Android gadgets are a bit more vulnerable to these kinds of threats than their Apple counterparts. Of course, Apple is having its own struggles recently - click here to learn more.

While Android still doesn't have nearly the range of threats a typical Windows computer does, the ones it does have are serious. Here are some of the recent highlights:

Those are just in the last two months.

The problem is that while most Android attacks at this point come in the form of malicious apps, they aren't that noticeable. So if you do accidentally install a malicious app, here's how you can tell.

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