Cyber crime can score a goal against you during this world cup as mobile malware is becoming more spread, stealing information, exhausting the life of your devices or money with apps that you install in your mobile devices.
Hackers are targeting IOS but hitting harder on Android devices, as 99% of cybercrime in the first quarter of 2014 targeted Android. Due to the open architecture of Android, it has allowed the increase of threats such as mobile banking Trojans.
Another kind of popular malware being found is Ransomware, a type of malware that locks your device and holds the victim ransom until payment has been made, making it very difficult to uninstall.
Also, malware spreads easily and quickly through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Impressive pictures or videos are the most common ways to lure victims to download them.
Nowadays, with the world cup at the highest peak many football fans around the globe follow the latest news and applications in search of a variety of pictures, videos and games.
But for people not aware of these threats, a large portion of these apps are malware and they are set to read your private messages, identify your location or steal your bank account information.
To prevent this, it is not only important to have an antivirus like MyAntivirus but also to read the application permissions before install which require access to your contact list or to pinpoint your location. Some malware can send SMS messages that cost you money or install other malware apps without your knowledge.
The world cup, as any other big event in the past, is becoming a great hook for hackers to attract victims.
Caution is always advised, so get a good antivirus such as MyAntivirus to prevent the installation of malware but also, think twice before agreeing to intrusive app permissions and pushing the install button.