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Could an app infect my phone with malware?

Source: OnGurard Online

Some hackers have created apps that can infect phones and mobile devices with malware. If your phone sends email or text messages that you didn’t write, or installs apps that you didn’t download, those could be signs of malware.

If you think you may have malware on your device, you have a few options. You can contact customer support for the company that made it; you can contact your mobile phone carrier for help; or you can install a security app to scan and remove apps if it detects malware. Security apps for phones are relatively new; there are only a few on the market, including some with free versions.

Can I trust all the user reviews I read about an app?
Most app stores include user reviews you can read before you decide whether to download. But some app developers and their marketers have posed as consumers to post positive comments about their own products. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission recently sued a company for posting fake comments about apps it was paid to promote.

Source: OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.

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