Indian users are facing a big threat. The threat is linked to an Android Trojan virus that steals users’ bank details. Government cyber security agency CERT-In said that SOVA Android Trojan accesses username and password through keylogging. It steals cookies and hides them in the apps on the phone. Initially it was attacking users in America, Russia and Spain, but in July 2022 it has entered India as well. CERT-In reported that the latest version of this malware hides itself in fake Android apps with the original logo and users are not even aware of it. When users use net banking in their phone, this malware hacks the account by capturing the login details of the user at the same time. To keep the users safe from this banking virus, the government has shared some important things. Let’s know the details.
Download app from google play store
The very first step to stay safe from any kind of Android virus or malware is to download the apps from Google Play Store itself. It reduces the risk of hacking by up to 90%. Never download any files or APK apps from unverified sources. Apart from this, while downloading and installing the app from Google Play Store, definitely read the details of the app. Also check the number of times the app has been downloaded. You can also check the User Reviews, Comments and Additional Information section to know more about the app. While installing the app, also keep in mind that what permissions that app is asking for in your phone. If you have any doubts, uninstall the app.
Make sure to install Android security patches and updates
Companies roll out Android updates from time to time to keep users safe. It is necessary to install these updates. These updates and patches strengthen the security of your device. Also, keep in mind that you do not have to click on any fake SMS or email link for the update. Companies send updates for devices directly to the phone, which you can check by going to system updates in addition to notifications.
Also check bank SMS link
Hackers and fraudsters also make their victims by sending fake SMS links to the users. You have to distinguish between real and fake SMS to avoid this. You will see the sender ID (with the short name of the bank) in whatever text message the bank sends. At the same time, the messages of fraudsters and hackers usually have a number. If you have any doubt on any SMS, then it is better not to click on the link given in it.
URL shortener too dangerous
If you’ve been sent a link with a short URL, don’t click it right away. In these you will see bit.ly or tinyurl written. Move your cursor over them before you click on them. By doing this you will see the complete domain of the website. Apart from this, you can also identify whether the URL received is real or fake by going to the URL checker.
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