Many gamers erroneously assume that cybersecurity threats only exist on the PC when such threats are increasing on mobile platforms. Take for example, the Cyberpunk 2077 ransomware scam — digital experts report that a fraudulent website is tricking gamers with a fraudulent mobile version of the game that infects devices with a dangerous ransomware strain.
Of course, while Cyberpunk 2077 is available on Google Stadia, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Microsoft Windows, it hasn’t been developed yet for mobile platforms like Android. The Cyberpunk 2077 ransomware is just another way for malicious actors to breach mobile gamers’ security and privacy.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that locks your mobile device, rendering it nearly useless, until you pay a bounty through a cryptocurrency like bitcoin to a hacker. Malicious actors prefer cryptocurrency because it’s difficult to trace by crimefighters.
Many ransomware victims report that after they pay the ransom, cybercriminals often come back for more money. While some victims of ransomware attacks reset their phones to get rid of ransomware, they risk losing their valuable data in the process. Unfortunately, a reset is not a guaranteed way to eliminate ransomware.
How Can I Protect My Android Device from Malware?
Although the default security software on an Android device is competent, it’s not strong enough to protect devices from emerging malware threats that use complex means to infect Android systems. Your best option is to get advanced protection for your Android device from a top cybersecurity company that specializes in malware removal on multiple platforms.
Here are some signs of good cybersecurity software for your Android device:
- It complements your device’s default security software
- It’s light and doesn’t hog your device’s resources
- It offers real-time protection to stop malware attacks even when you’re not using your phone
- It uses behavior-detection technology to remediate ransomware before it can lock your device and blackmail you
- Aside from ransomware, it also removes adware and other potentially unwanted programs, enhancing your security and speeding up your Android device
- With your permission, it tracks the websites you visit and the browsers you use to protect you from malicious platforms
- It audits all your files and apps to isolate potential threats
- It offers a free trial so that you can check out all the premium features before you decide to purchase
What Other Steps Can I Take?
It’s a good idea to download apps for your phone cautiously. Always use Google Play Stare and avoid games from other websites. However, you must also be cautious on Google Play Store, as it can host malicious apps too.
Always check feedback before you download software and watch out for fake reviews. If an app is new, then wait until it’s developed a good reputation before you try it out. In addition, don’t download apps that ask for access to your sensitive files, folders, and programs. For example, avoid a strategy game if it wants to use your camera, needs to see your contact list or demands to read your emails.
If an app behaves suspiciously, then remove it immediately. When it comes to your Android device’s cybersecurity, you can’t take any chances whatsoever, or you’ll pay a hefty price.