You know how important digital security is to me. I do the best I can to make sure that you stay alerted to the hacks, scams and latest attempts to steal your personal information.
But with all that preparation to lock down your desktop, an important piece of technology is often overlooked. Can you guess what it is?
It's your phone!
Your smartphones and tablets go wherever you go, so it only makes sense that they should be just as well protected as your desktop. Especially since this year has already seen two strong attacks on the Android systems that you should be aware of.
Both cases of the Android attacks happened in a "drive-by download." A drive-by download means that a program - usually malicious - was unintentionally downloaded to your gadget.
These digital drive-bys usually exploit the browser, which is why it's so crucial to have an antivirus on every gadget. Click here to check out this tough program that keeps viruses at bay.
In this case, both attacks were drive-bys from a website of pornographic material. In the first attack, the program displayed a message that the target had been viewing child pornography and demanded payment, otherwise the device would remain locked.
The second attack was a more sophisticated form of malware that encrypted the files on the SD card and displayed a similar message as the first attack.
Both forms of ransomware were downloaded as a result of poor Web browsing habits. Aside from the fact that you shouldn't visit porn sites, you should be taking steps to make safe browsing habits and to secure your smartphone or from hackers.