Streaming issues? Report here
Just the Hits generic 2 CapeTalk Just the Hits generic 2 CapeTalk
Just the Hits with Abongile Nzelenzele
11:00 - 15:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Just the Hits
See full line-up
Just the Hits with Abongile Nzelenzele
11:00 - 15:00
Home
arrow_forward
Lifestyle

3 tips to avoid viruses on your phone

15 October 2019 7:30 AM
Tags:
cellphones
tech
malware
viruses

Beware of downloading little-known free apps as they may harbour viruses and malware says tech expert Alistair Fairweather.

Android phones are more susceptible to viruses says PlainSpeak tech-consultant Alistair Fairweather.

Forbes has reported that 15 harmful apps may be hiding on your phone.

Fairweather explains that these viruses are lurking in apps, usually free, that you may download to do something trivial such as photo editing.

While they have been found on 1.3 million phones, he says in the greater scheme of billions of cell phone users, this is not an enormous number. He likens it to bank robberies, a serious issue, but not one that happens often..

The revenue from these apps often ends up moving through the dark web and may end up funding illegal activities, he says.

He has 3 tips to avoid these viruses:

1. Do not randomly click on anything - be careful and selective

2. Avoid free apps in the app store. Often paid-for apps have been more thoroughly vetted by Google.

3. Check the reviews for the app. There should be thousands of reviews that offer a range of opinions. If there are only a few with 5-star ratings, that could be a red flag.

Take a listen to the advice below:


15 October 2019 7:30 AM
Tags:
cellphones
tech
malware
viruses

Recommended

More from Lifestyle

gillian-malouw-youtube-screengrabpng

Meet Gillian Malouw, the first woman in Africa to navigate a submarine

4 July 2020 12:48 PM

Lieutenant Gillian Malouw is the first woman submarine officer in Africa. She opens up about her life in the navy.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Family children girls outdoor cloth face masks 123rf 123rflifestyle

We only have each other – the psychology behind not wearing a mask

3 July 2020 10:56 AM

"I’m outside; I don’t need a mask. If you’re uncomfortable, stay at home." Sociologist Steven Robins tries to make sense of it.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Crazy funny man working from home on desktop computer 123rf 123rfbusiness

Job hunting? This CEO is hiring and interviewing remotely – he has advice

2 July 2020 2:15 PM

"We’ve hired people we haven’t met in person," says Karl Hammerschmidt. "There are things you can still do to impress."

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

swing-cityjpg

Swing City's Graeme Watkins on the Standard Bank (virtual) Jazz Festival

2 July 2020 11:52 AM

This weekend, South African jazz lovers were blown away by the glorious sounds streaming into living rooms courtesy of Swing City.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Woman working from home mother children 123rflifestyle 123rfbusiness 123rf

How to deal with grievances with your boss while working from home

2 July 2020 11:51 AM

A labour lawyer says she has dealt with companies coming to terms with paying for employees home internet data for work purposes.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

hyundai i20

Best 2nd-hand cars below R80 000 – actual examples you can buy, right now

1 July 2020 3:05 PM

"The car that stood out the most was a 2014 Hyundai i20 with just 67 000 on the clock," says motoring journalist Ciro de Siena.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

grandwest-casion-reopensjpg

[WATCH] 'Endless line of cars' queue ahead of GrandWest Casino’s reopening

1 July 2020 12:55 PM

In scenes reminiscent of the day alcohol sales were unbanned – you’ve got to see it – gamblers queued to try their luck.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Naked Insurance

Car insurance from R180 per month – and you don’t pay if you don’t drive

30 June 2020 8:03 PM

Meet Alex Thomson of Naked Insurance, a high-tech company with vastly lower operating costs than most traditional insurers.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Marmite 123rf 123rfbusiness 123rflifestyle

Axe (aka 'Lynx') deodorant has a new scent - 'Africa and Marmite' (not kidding)

30 June 2020 7:25 PM

"We’ve decided to step it up," says Lynx. "With Lynx Marmite, we’re bringing the world of food into the fragrance category." LOL!

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Eon de Vos

What in the world happened to Eon de Vos? And what does he believe about money?

29 June 2020 8:30 PM

Bruce Whitfield interviews Eon de Vos about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward