A couple of days ago, a few of our readers shared their experience of receiving fake virus alerts while browsing the Internet on their mobile device. This post tells you more about these alerts.
Hackers are now increasingly using the same tactic to trick mobile phone users. As mobile devices are becoming the primary medium to access the Internet, hackers are using this trend to their advantage. A couple of days earlier, one of our readers reported us about a malware threat notification while browsing the Internet on their mobile phone. The notification somewhat looked like this:
Please be advised that browser notifications such as these are fake virus alerts and you must never respond to them. In almost all cases, these so-called antivirus apps turn out to be adware that serve unwanted ads to trick users and earn money for scammers. In other cases, these apps could be a Trojan horse, or a spyware that steals personal information. In all cases, such apps are unsafe.
What Should You Do?
1. Do not visit websites by clicking on links received in unwanted or unexpected emails.
2. If you come across any ‘virus alert’ as shown above, do not respond to the message, no matter how critical it may sound. Close the browser immediately and take the following steps:
– Clear browsing history
– Clear the cache
– Clear cookies & site data
3. Run an antivirus scan on your mobile using a trusted mobile security app
4. Never install mobile apps from third party stores. Follow official stores like Google Play
5. Run a quick research on the publisher of the app you intend to install. Also go through the reviews and comments of users who have used it
6. Read app permissions carefully before installing it. If you think, there are unnecessary permissions, do not install it
7. Install a mobile security app like Quick Heal.
If you come across any message such as the one shown in this post, do let us know about it via the comment section below. Stay safe!