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Watch out for malware in Bible apps, of all places

Watch out for malware in Bible apps, of all places
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If you regularly read the Bible, you do that for comfort. Those sacred words are a reprieve from the world; a moment to quietly think about your family and God.

Reading the Bible is peaceful. It may be a moment in your day that you treasure.

Which is why cybercriminals find Bible apps so appealing. They figure you trust anything related to the Bible, so you'll download Bible apps without thinking about protecting yourself. But cybercriminals are infecting Bible apps with malware, to steal your personal information, or take over your device.

Cybersecurity firm Proofpoint found that 3.7% of Bible apps contain malware. That's far higher than other apps, including gambling apps (0.22%) and apps for the Muslim holy book, the Quran (0.36%).

Proofpoint examined 5,600 Bible apps on iOS and Android devices. They found that 208 of them were infected with malware and 140 were at high risk for malware, all Android.

The infected apps had links to 2,500 servers around the world. Some of the malware allowed criminals to intercept your text messages and use your phone to make calls.

Note: Be sure to visit the Komando Security Center for advice on keeping yourself safe, including information about anti-virus software.

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