Android is still a young operating system and there's plenty of room to improve it. Still there haven't been many virus infection alerts to lower its credibility. It is safe to say that Android is a pretty secure system; if you respect some common sense rules, of course. Therefore, I have prepared a few tips that will keep you away from any threat out there. It's not rocket science, just a few simple rules.
Tips to prevent you from getting Malware on Android
1. First of all, make sure you only install apps from Play Store
. One of the main benefits of having an official app marketplace owned by Google, is that it is always verified for threats and viruses. Trust me, if an app is not on Google Play, it probably shouldn't be installed in the first place.
2. Don't forget to disable 'Unknown Sources' from security settings
. Sometimes you may want to install an .apk outside of Google Play because you are 100% certain it's not scam. When you do this, you will have to enable 'Unknown Sources' in the security settings. Most of the times you will forget about it and leave it like that. This means that you will not be protected against outside-Play Store apps. So always remember to disable it.
3. Use an anti-virus software, or don't
. There's no big difference anyway. Whether you use one or not Google will always scan everything. However in some cases it might come in handy and if it makes you feel more secure, why not. My personal recommendation would be to use Avast
, but in any case, make sure you install one from a trusted source.
4. Be very careful with anonymous messages
recommending you to install apps outside Google Play, no matter how they try to persuade you.
5. Last but not least, be careful with rooting your device
and modifying its source files. Always use tools from a source that you trust.