‘DressCode’ turns your Android phone into an attack platform

Security researchers claim that more than 400 Google Play store apps have been compromised with a new mobile malware called ‘DressCode’. An Android mobile phone or tablet user can install an app, typically a game or skinnning app, which allows a hacker to control your Android device. Once a hacker has control of your mobile device, they can then launch an attack against another person or an organisation’s web services. In worst case scenarios, they can gain access to your company’s servers and sensitive information.

It has been reported that hundreds of thousands of users are currently infected with ‘DressCode’.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Android Device

  1. Make sure that your Android smartphone is on the latest software update. The Google Play store of those running Android 6.0 and up includes tips of how to avoid apps that may harm you.
  2. If you are downloading a new app, make sure it is from the official Google Play store. Don’t be tempted to download apps from unofficial app stores!
  3. Read the online reviews and on the download page to make sure it’s a malicious app. Just a little bit of research can go a long way to help you decide whether to download an app or not.
  4. There is an app verification function which regularly checks your Android device and warns of any potential problems. If an app is harmful, report it.
  5. Install mobile phone security software. There are many out there with stellar reviews such as Sophos, Kaspersky, and more.
  6. Make sure you do not root your Android phone. It voids all security safeguards put in by manufacturers to protect your Android mobile device from being infected.
  7. Avoid public and insecure Wi-Fi. Make sure that your phone and tablet Wi-Fi is switched off instead of automatically connecting to it.

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