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Protect Your Galaxy S 4 against Malware

By Bill Hughes

Malware is always present in the form of apps for the Galaxy S 4. One of the main attractions for application developers to write apps for Android is that Google doesn’t have an onerous preapproval process for a new app to be placed in the Play Store. This is unlike the Apple App Store or Microsoft Windows Phone Store, where each derivation of an app is validated.

Many developers prefer to avoid bureaucracy. At least in theory, this attracts more developers to do more stuff for Android phones.

However, this approach does expose users to the potential for malware that can, inadvertently or intentionally, do things that are not advertised. Some of these “things” may be minor annoyances, or they could really mess things up.

Market forces, in the form of negative feedback, are present to kill apps that are badly written or are meant to steal your private data. However, this works only after some poor soul has experienced problems — such as theft of personal information — and reported it.

Rather than simply avoiding new apps, you can download apps to protect the information on your phone. These are available from many of the firms that make antivirus software for your PC. Importantly, many of these antivirus applications are free. If you want a nicer interface and some enhanced features, you can pay a few dollars, but this is not necessary.

Examples include NG Mobile Security and Antivirus, Lookout Security and Antivirus, Kaspersky Mobile Security, and Norton Security Antivirus. If you have inadvertently downloaded an app that includes malicious software, these apps will stop that app.