While most people associate software viruses with computers, malicious software (malware) is targeting phones now more than ever before. After all, many of us use our smartphones more than our computers. We are also using our phones for tasks such as banking, accessing our social media and storing important information – the kind of things hackers would love to access.
So how do you check whether your phone is infected with malware? Here are a few ways to scan your device and make sure it’s safe.
Method 1: Checking for malware with built-in tools
Many smartphones with recent versions of Android have built-in tools for checking whether a device has any malware installed.
This is the easiest way to see whether your phone is compromised. To check whether your phone has this type of built-in tool, access your phone manager app or search for your device security menu in your phone’s settings. Usually, you will see the option to scan your phone for malware with these tools. But if your phone doesn’t seem to have this tool, don’t worry – there are other ways you can scan your device.