Can my phone get a virus? Should I use an antivirus on my Android device?



Hello to everyone reading this, and welcome to another “brain dump” of Tony! :) Today we are going to talk about viruses, malware, and Android devices — how they play together, and my thoughts on antivirus/anti-malware software. This is something quite a few people are curious about: “Can I get a virus on my phone? How would I know if I did have a virus or malware? How would I get rid of said infection? How do I protect myself going forward?”

I have wondered all this myself, honestly, and not until recently had I done research on it. Once I did the research, it really all made sense to me, so I am going to relay my findings, in my own words, and put it into perspective. Like anything else, technology is ever-advancing. With that, so are viruses and malware. When something new comes out, there is always someone breaking apart its code and creating infections that makes everyone’s lives that much harder. That will never change! Since I am a heavy Android user, that’s what I am going to talk about.

When it comes to viruses and malware on phones, is it possible? Yes, it is very possible and is becoming more and more common. When you think of a virus, you think of it in the sense of what you’d experience on a computer. While they have some things in common, they do differ a little bit in behavior. If you happen to get malware on your phone, it would more than likely be in the form of applications that look and act like legitimate apps — they might even look like ones you use on a daily basis. These are the targets, because if people think they’re on their normal apps, then they are more comfortable putting in their personal information. That’s really the sole purpose of malware: stealing information. Also, like Internet browsers on PCs, malware on your phone can come in the form of those pesky popups. And also page redirects. One moment you are browsing your favorite news website, and the next thing you know you are taken to a website trying to sell you something (or worse, an “adult” page).

How would I get this on my phone? That’s a good question. In most instances the Google Play store is the biggest culprit, as that is the easiest way to target most Android users. Google Play is not as regulated as one would think. The process of getting your self-made app into the market is not that extensive. If you have ever just browsed the app store, you can see there are a ton of apps and different versions of the same thing. When you are downloading free apps or purchasing apps, make sure they are from a company that you know, or from the company itself. For example, if you were going to download the Facebook app, make sure it is published by Facebook and not some 3rd party vendor. Beware, some of these apps to which you give permission to use your phone-resources can, in the end, cost you a fortune. They have the ability to do things such as sending out texts without you even knowing. They can send texts to certain numbers that cost more and can rack up a huge bill.

Now that that is out of the way, lets talk about prevention. Of course, the best prevention is always being cautious of what you are downloading and opening. This, ultimately, is best but can also be difficult (because when applications look and act like real apps it’s hard to tell the difference). Next, some people utilize and antivirus/anti-malware software. When it comes to using software like that, my suggestion would be to use a paid version and not a free version. Just as with programs on a PC, the free versions are limited and are lacking in the things that are most important. Also, when using such a program on your phone, be aware of the performance issues that you may face, as well. They tend to run frequently, which slows down your processing power, eats up your battery, and the notifications can become annoying.

In all of this, there are many options to help protect yourself, but the biggest tool you have is knowledge. And a company, such as Everon, to help educate you. If you have any questions about security on your devices, or have a question about an app before you download it, please feel free to reach out to us (888-244-1748 or [email protected]). We are always more than happy to help!


Basic Computer and Laptop Housekeeping and Best Practices



Hello again people of the internet! Today we are going to have a discussion about up-keeping your systems and common best practices from a tech’s point of view. This post will be mainly focused on the physical care of your devices.

So to kick this into gear, I would like to start out by talking about the environment in which you keep your workstations and laptops. Environmental variables can either extend or drastically shorten the lifespan of these devices. If you utilize a desktop computer, this is a stationary machine that normally is not moved around too much.  This being said, you should NEVER keep your tower sitting on a carpeted floor. Keeping it on a hard surface will allow the case to properly ventilate and keep the internal components at cooler operating temperatures. This will also help control the amount of dust and dirt that gets sucked into the unit, which also will help regulate the temperature.

For laptops, I would advise keeping your laptop on an open-top desk or table. If you are using it on your lap, I would suggest using a pad that is designed to keep your laptop elevated and cooled. Excessive amounts of heat are not good for any type of computer. Or any electronic devices, for that matter.

Dirty ComputerNow to talk about cleanliness. For a desktop, I would get on a monthly schedule of opening up the case to clear out any dust and debris that may be inside. DO NOT use any sort of vacuum to do this. Vacuums have the ability to create static electricity discharges that could stop your computer dead in its tracks. Instead, I would recommend using canned air. This has enough pressure to clear out the dust, but not too much pressure that would hurt the internal parts.  For your laptop, I would also use canned air to clean out both the keyboard and the air vents on the external part of the casing.

All that being said, overall care for your computers will prolong the lifespan and keep heating problems to a minimal. Just like a car or anything else, the more you take care of it, the longer it lasts. For any questions or tips on the care of your computers, please feel free to contact Everon.  Cheers!

Better Safe than Sorry


Wireless Security in 2008
by Stephanie Spino

To most people, wireless security is the prevention of unauthorized access or damage to computers using wireless networks. Most companies do their best to enhance security levels, taking preventive measures to nip security breaches in the bud and keep their businesses up and running smoothly and safely.

What if I were to tell you that sometimes, this is just not enough?

Unfortunately, hackers make a living out of trying to steal your data and ruin your life…

What can you do to truly protect your business?

Like everything else, there aren’t any “quick fixes” or stone clad promises that can keep your business from becoming the victim of an unfortunate and unpredictable security circumstance. That said, there are definitely certain measures you can take to best steer yourself clear of harms way.

1. Use your encryption codes

Wi-Fi products all come with access control features and configurable encryption codes that would make it a struggle for even the best hacker to get his dirty hands into your network. Encryption format codes and messages are sent over wireless networks so that they are virtually impossible to unscramble for outside parties. You would be surprised how many people do not take advantage of these features. Make sure they are enabled properly and working in your favor.

2. Always change default passwords

I have to admit; even I have failed to follow this advice. The truth is- many times the login credentials provided with any piece of equipment or software are typically very simple and very easily accessible to hackers. Make a conscious effort to always change these settings immediately.

3. Make sure Firewalls are enabled on all computers and routers…and that they stay on

These days, most good network routers have built in firewalls, so most people feel like they are safe. However, many people fail to recognize that disabling them is an option. Don’t be fooled! Make sure that your firewalls are all on…and that they remain on!

4. Block unknown devices

Restrict your wireless network. Do NOT allow devices outside of your network to share your wireless access. If you don’t know which address the devices on your network are running on, contact your IT provider to schedule an audit today.

5. Turn off your network

When you go on vacation, you lock up your house, take your pets to the kennel and even go as far to have your neighbors pick up your mail so that no one recognizes that your house is empty. Just as you do your best to keep your house secure when you aren’t using it – you should also be doing the same for your network! Although it clearly does not make sense to shut down your network nightly, it does if your company is closing for a decent period of time. By shutting your network down completely – you essentially eliminate the possibility of hackers from getting into it while you are away.

Wireless security is constantly changing and updating; where does your company stand? Many small businesses truly believe their data is “locked down” when it really is not. Data security is a hot issue in 2008; do your homework and keep your company and its data out of harms way.

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