If you use the Android device as if it were a computer, navigating on the internet involves serious risks of contamination. Desktops have sophisticated anti-virus programs to protect you from network hazards. The same cannot be said for Android smartphones and tablets, which is why we see how to block malware on Android devices.
The open source opening of the Android system is one of the best things about this platform, but it can be a double-edged sword. Unlike iOS, Android applications have free access to your personal data – including calls, messages, browser history, etc. While most applications use this data constructively – to make them work better – many other applications and websites have harmful results.
In this article, we will see a method on how to block malware on Android devices.
What is malware?
The word malware is derived from malicious software. The malware can consist of a few lines of code or a whole suite of software. Their purpose is to get into your device without being recognized, position yourself in there and steal your data. Malware on your smartphone can monitor your calls, messages, and sometimes send emails and messages through your device without your knowledge.
How to stay safe with Android devices? : The first rule of protection when surfing the Internet is to stay away from dark corners. Don’t download pirated applications, stay away from unknown sites you avoid most viruses. But for greater security and to keep malware away, I recommend installing an application called Disconnect. Below we see how it works.
How to block malware on Android devices with Disconnect
Disconnect is an app that blocks malware and malicious ads. For this reason, it is not available on the Play Store. Most of Google’s revenues come from advertising sales, which is why it does not allow advertising to be blocked.
The disconnect is not intended to be an ad-blocker, but it can block malicious ads. This application for Android is easy to install and use, let’s see how.
The way Disconnect works are to establish a VPN connection from the phone to your server but do not send any data and this avoids slowing down the connection speed.
The VPN connection is used for data scanning/monitoring. It is used to identify and block malicious content.
Installation and configuration of Disconnect
To download Disconnect, go to your phone browser and type www.disconnect.me/m. The .APK file will start downloading immediately after giving consent.
While the application is being downloaded, go to Settings -> Security and enable Unknown sources. This will allow you to install applications that are not downloaded from the Play Store.
Now, click on the apk file you downloaded which is located on the notification drawer and press Install.
Open the application and click on Basic to activate the basic protection. You will be asked to authenticate a VPN connection. Select the option that says ” I trust this application ” and click OK.
Now the basic monitoring has started and you will see the app in the notification drawer. The basic filter’s task is to block trackers that accumulate your private information such as calls, messages and browsing habits.
Next, click on the Malvertising button. Now a constant check is performed between the ads running on your device and the list of malicious ad filters (from over 2500 advertising services) on the Disconnect servers. When the application finds a match, it disables the ad so as not to damage your device and block malware on Android devices.