Viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other forms of malware (i.e., malicious software) can infect your devices and cause your devices to slow down or malfunction. Cybercriminals can also deploy malware to corrupt files, steal data, and even gain access to your social media and bank accounts.
We have seen many cases where victims lost large amounts of money due to unauthorised bank account withdrawals on mobile devices infected with malware.
Scammers often target victims through SMSes or phone calls. Do add the ScamShield app which can protect you by detecting scam messages and blocking scam calls.
ScamShield is an app developed by Open Government Products in collaboration with the Singapore Police Force and the National Crime Prevention Council. For more information, visit the ScamShield website.
Anti-virus apps which can detect malware and malicious phishing links are also key to safeguarding your devices and accounts.
It is important to note that anti-virus apps from different brands have varying functions and capabilities. Below are some factors to consider and steps to take when choosing an anti-virus app:
While many apps provide basic malware detection, malware removal often remains a separate feature. Many free options can only detect and quarantine malware, but may not offer removal options if your devices are found to be infected.
Not sure which security app to download? CSA has put together a list of recommended apps which users can download to suit their needs and budget. The apps come in free and paid versions, offering a range of features such as malicious URL blocking and malware scanning.
Note: Due to iOS restrictions, the anti-virus apps are not able to scan other apps in iOS devices to detect malware.