How to protect your Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Google Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and any Android phone from viruses and malware

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One of the biggest downsides to using a Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Nexus 5, Xperia Z2, Galaxy Note 3 and any other Android phone for that matter is that you?re susceptible to malware, viruses and other threats to your phone.

Since Android is an open source operating system, it?s easy for criminal elements to exploit and capitalize on weaknesses and bugs.

This means that your Android phone may harbor some nasty virus or malware that can collect information and even steal processing power from you! How do you protect yourself from this ever happening? Take a look:

1. Don?t install something you don?t understand or know anything about. You might be receiving all sorts of suspicious links with incredible, safe and astounding offers in your message inbox, ads, popups and email. Don?t tap them and don?t install them if you don?t know exactly what it does?even if it offers you free money! Most of the time this is just some way to get malware onto your device.

2. Don?t allow installation of files from unknown sources. Just to be safe, go to Settings>Security then uncheck ?Unknown sources?. Yes, we know that this won?t let you install other APK files and cool stuff, but you can always just check it when you?ve verified and looked closely at the third-party app or service you want to install.

3. ?Read the requested permissions and disclaimers for each app. This can get tedious, but if you really don?t want anyone to access your phone book, storage and messages, the safest you can be is only when you don?t allow any apps or service to access your data.

4. Use a virus scanner. McAfee, AVG and Norton are all big names and the ones you should look at when you?re finding the best scanner for you. If you?re extra paranoid, pay for a subscription as long as it also offers you other security features such as password protection, remote data wipe and device location services.

The Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Google Nexus 5, Xperia Z2, Galaxy Note 3 and all other Android phones can be protected using these four tips. An additional tip could also be to download? apps only from your native app store. Keep in mind that the protection can?t be 100% all the time, but you?re better off than a lot of other users who already have infected Android phones.

We hope that you now know how to protect your Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Google Nexus 5, Xperia Z or Galaxy Note 3.

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