As the most popular platform, with a market share reaching around 85 percent based on data from the second quarter of 2014 from Strategy Analytics, Android became a favorite target of malicious programs or malware makers.
Google's Android as the owner of implementing security measures at the Play Store app store to keep in order not to enter the malware.
Still, Android owners are not 100 percent safe and be smart in order to keep the device does not infiltrated by malicious programs.
Well, to minimize the possibility of malware infection, there are a number of tips that can be applied. Here's more, as summarized from Phone Arena and Cnet:
1. Just download the app from the Play Store
This one is the main advice to avoid malware. Google constantly monitors the applications in the store Play Store and quickly take action if there is a problem.
2. Use the services of a trusted application catalog
What if owner of an Android device can not access the Play Store, such as the Nokia X? Fortunately, Android applications can be obtained from other sources which are equally reliable, like the Nokia Store, Galaxy Apps (Samsung), and Amazon App Store
3. Avoid suspicious apps / app stores
Just because there are other applications sources, it does not mean everything is safe to try. Avoid application that looks "suspicious" as it reaps bad reviews, explores the grandiose promise, or ask permissions are not according to its function.
4. Do not use pirated applications results
Download paid applications without spending a dime is lucrative. However, this action saves a great risk because of pirated applications which usually comes in the form of Android Application Package (APK) is very easy to insert malware.
If you want to install the application side loading, make sure the APK file is obtained from reliable sources.
5. Keep your phone software updated
The more update the version of the software, usually the better the protection it provides against malware. On Android version 4.2, for example, Google embed overcharge protection caused by malware premium SMS sender. Each new Android release provides improved in terms of security.
6. Use the Google malware scanner
Every Android version 2.2 and above equipped with malware scanner. Before installing applications obtained from sources outside the Play Store, Google will scan the relevant application to ensure its safety.
This feature is enabled by default and can be accessed from the Settings menu in the app drawer Google. Devices running Android 4.2 or later can enable malware scanner to enable the option "Verify Apps" of security in the settings menu.
7. Consider anti-virus
Unlike Windows PCs which are in absolute need antivirus, Android could reduce the danger of malicious programs via isolation Application Sandbox. However, anti-virus applications can still improve safety further.
There are hundreds of anti-virus applications which are available in the Play Store, you should select the names that have a good reputation as Avast, AVG, BitDefender, Kaspersky, Sophos, Symantec, and Trend Micro. There are also several popular new entrants such as Lookout and TrustGo.