Armor For Android Outranks Industry Veterans: Norton, Lookout, Avast, AVG

Android Authority recently released its top 10 ranking for Android antivirus and malware software, naming Armor for Android as #4, ahead of industry veterans Norton Antivirus, Avast Antivirus, AVG Antivirus, and others. Notable, Lookout and McAfee did not even make the top 10.

"Protection for Android devices has become a high priority over the last year or so." said Joe Hindy with Android Authority, "Malware and viruses are more rampant than ever and although being careful usually avoids the problem, sometimes people want more. A good antivirus or anti-malware app can not only bring peace of mind, but also protect your Android device from threats you may accidentally stumble upon."

Joe Hindy had this to say about Armor for Android: "In terms of features, it comes with everything you’d need to keep your Android device secure. Armor for Android has one of the most comprehensive malware databases for Android as well as other helpful features like their Memory Booster."

Armor For Android Attends The Launch Of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Armor for Android attends the launch of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Boston, Massachusetts.

Celebrating 10 years of National Cyber Security Alliance and StaySafeOnline.org.

To start off the month of October, Armor for Android joins; RSA, Microsoft, TrendMicro, along with others, in celebrating 10 years of National Cyber Security Alliance and StaySafeOnline.org.

"In an increasingly interconnected world, many Americans rely on the Internet and digital tools every day -- from communicating with colleagues, friends, and family across the globe to banking and shopping without leaving our homes." said President Barrack Obama, "Technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives, and protecting our digital infrastructure from cyber threats is one of our highest security priorities. This month, we expand public awareness about cybersecurity, and we recommit to enhancing the security and resilience of our Nation's infrastructure while maintaining an environment that encourages efficiency and innovation."

"Our digital infrastructure is a strategic national asset, and my Administration is committed to strengthening this vital resource." Concludes Obama, "As we mark the 10th anniversary of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, let us welcome the great possibilities cyberspace provides and continue to invest in the security measures and innovation that will enable us to safely and fully realize those possibilities."

To learn more about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month please visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/about and to learn more about Armor for Android please visit http://www.armorforandroid.com/

About STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

The campaign launched in 2010 and was developed by the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Messaging Convention, a public-private partnership established in 2009 and led by The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to develop and support a national cybersecurity awareness campaign. The Department of Homeland Security provides the Federal Government's leadership for the campaign. Industry, government, non-profits and education institutions participate in STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

About Armor for Android

Armor for Android was founded on the ideal of providing complete mobile protection to consumers across the globe. As we saw the rapid growth of Google's Android operating system, we knew that the world was and is rapidly headed to a future where literally billions of its citizens will be carrying an Android device and be completely trusting of it with the most important aspects of their life. The security and digital protection of those users and their data is our highest priority.

Armor for Android™ lab discovers PINfraud Trojan

Armor for Android today announced the discovery of the PINfraud Trojan and is cautioning users to check their Android devices for two specific apps.

The two Trojan apps have been identified as:

Signal Boosters by Fred Baker


and

Top Memory Boosters by CB Solutions


Users should immediately uninstall these apps and check their text message logs and cell phone bills for unauthorized messages and charges.

In what is one of the first discovered Trojans to specifically target the United States, the PINfraud Trojan causes an infected user to receive unauthorized charges of $9.99 every month to their cell phone bill without their knowledge. Armor for Android estimates that this Trojan’s widespread reach impacts several hundred thousand people, resulting in several million dollars in fraudulent charges.

Malicious Android apps which create unauthorized charges that appear on users cell phone bills are a scourge of the Android ecosystem and have become widespread over the past two years throughout most of Eastern Europe, Russia, and other parts of the globe. Generally these viruses act by causing the user’s device to automatically send text messages to phone numbers (or short codes) which cause a billing on the user’s device without the user’s consent or knowledge. Most antivirus applications combat this by looking for specific signatures relating to code that automatically sends text messages. There are thousands of such viruses and their variants including the Trojans SmsSend, OpFake, Boxer, SmsAgent, FakeFlash, and many others.

What has allowed the PINfraud Trojan to remain undetected is that in the United States it is not required that an SMS be sent from the device in order to initiate a charge. PINfraud operates by obtaining the phone number of the infected device and transmitting it directly to a server controlled by a billing service. This service then sends a text message to the phone which automatically charges the person's phone bill $9.99 every month.

Armor for Android has submitted information about the Virus and its signature to public virus databases.

Antivirus companies that did not receive the information can develop signature information by reviewing copies of the app likely already in their databases:

Signal Boosters:

  • File Size
  • SHA-1
  • MD5
  • CRC-32


` Top Memory Solutions:
  • File Size
  • SHA-1
  • MD5
  • CRC-32


How it works:

Upon opening an infected application, the user’s phone number and other private device information is captured and transmitted to a remote server (http://www.access-411.com). The server returns Terms & Conditions for the user to accept before being allowed access to the app. The user is presented with a screen which appears to be a standard Terms & Conditions acceptance – common on many apps. The terms screen has a large blur CONTINUE button. Upon close inspection, there is very small print which says they will be billed $9.99 per month if the user clicks the CONTINUE button. This is not a legally valid disclosure, and is in barely-legible 4pt font (see screen shots below). Upon tapping the CONTINUE button, the button text changes to say CONFIRM and the user is required to tap the CONFIRM button. Generally, as the screen does not disappear or noticeably change in any other way, it is easy for the user to miss the word change and press the button again to dismiss the Terms acceptance screen and begin using the app.

The server then sends a text message to the infected device which contains a PIN number. The system then delays several minutes to simulate the user entering their PIN number on a website to confirm the subscription, then, without confirmation, sends a Premium rate text message to the phone, causing a $9.99 charge to the user’s phone bill. Each month afterwards the billing company will send a new text message charging another $9.99 to the user’s phone bill until the user sends a STOP message to the source short code.

Users should immediately uninstall these apps and check their text message logs and cell phone bills for unauthorized messages and charges.

Best Android Antivirus Features Released by ArmorforAndroid.com

Armor for Android released their much anticipated malware protection application this week to US consumers. Android users responded with enthusiasm.

Armor for Android provides unmatched protection against viruses and malware. With malware on the rise, Android users risk compromising private, personal data, including contacts, emails, and credit card information. Armor for Android scans and searches for malicious applications, providing the multiple layers of protection necessary to keep Android users at ease.

Armor for Android is the most powerful Android phone protection software on the Android OS market. Armor for Android utilizes HackerTrapp, the most comprehensive online virus, malware, and adware definition database available. Armor for Android updates its own application database, staying up-to-date on the ever-changing mobile market.

Included in the premium version of Armor for Android, users will find a Task Killer, Bulk App Uninstaller, and Cache Cleaner, all increasing the efficiency of their devices.

Not only that, Armor for Android comes with the added security of a TRUSTe certificate. Armor for Android's zero-click approach to Android protection helps users rest assured that their personal and private data will remain secure.

Protecting Your Android Phone Against Malware and Spyware by Armor for Android

Android phone users face a serious threat—malware and spyware created by vicious cybercriminals. Attacks on the Android OS are incredibly sophisticated, and it is becoming more difficult for users to guard themselves against malicious software.

On the Android OS platform, malicious apps number around 20,000 and that number is rising each day. In 2011, Android malware affected up to one million users. And today, Android users are more than two and a half times as likely to encounter malware than they were six months ago. These are startling statistics.

Sources predict that 1.8 billion Android handsets will be sold in 2012, swelling the demand for a powerful tool to combat cybercriminals. The best way to protect your personal privacy is to download the number one antivirus on the Android market—Armor for Android. Armor for Android scans and searches your device for malicious applications, providing a layer of protection and security not previously available to Android users.

Armor for Android features HackerTrapp, the most comprehensive online virus, malware, and adware definition database available. Not only that, Armor for Android comes with the added security of being TRUSTe Certified. With all this protection wrapped into a single application, it's no wonder Armor for Android is your number one defense against malware and spyware.

Armor for Android Antivirus Showing Support For National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Armor for Android announced today its support for National Cyber Security Awareness Month and continues its support to specifically help secure Android mobile devices from malicious malware.

Armor for Android's continued support to keep Android mobile devices secure as they support President Obama's proclamation making October 2012 the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). "I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of cyber security and to observe this month with activities, events, and trainings that will enhance our national security and resilience,” said President of the United States, Barack Obama.

What is NCSAM? Individuals, organizations, and communities throughout the United States are gearing up to promote NCSAM and let others know that all have a role in protecting their digital lives. Tens of thousands of NCSAM participants across the country will be doing their part by posting safety and security tips on social networks, educating their customers and employees, engaging in traditional media, displaying posters, posting tips, holding events, and much more.

If one is concerned about making the Internet safer and more secure for everyone, they are inviting those to become an active participant in National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

For more information on NCSAM and how you can get involved please visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/.