A virus is a malicious software that interferes with a smartphone system to obtain certain data. Some mobile viruses take the system offline, but most Trojan applications steal the owner’s data. This can include account passwords, bank card data, photos, and important documents.
And what kinds of viruses are there? There are quite a lot of them. Here are just the main ones:
- Trojans. Special viruses are built into the smartphone system and monitor the owner’s actions. They can save data on keystrokes on the keyboard, copy information about passwords and logins, and then send it to special servers.
- Fakes. By the name, you can guess that such a virus is disguised as an element of the system. Hackers usually embed such a threat in mobile applications of social networks and messengers. The unsuspecting user installs the dangerous program and then launches it. And then, the virus begins to collect all the necessary information, including personal data and passwords, and then uploads it to special servers.
- Advertising viruses. These are the most harmless threats, but it is also better not to encounter them. They start displaying ads in different places on the smartphone: settings, gallery, explorer, and other installed applications. Also, a special window may appear, stating that you must transfer the required amount to the bank details to remove all the ads. Of course, you should by no means do this.
Yes, some viruses may even be invisible with normal phone use. Therefore, it is advisable to perform a scanning procedure periodically. On the Xiaomi smartphone, for this, you can use the built-in utility. Here are the instructions on how to work with it:
- Open the application “Security“.
- Go to the section “Antivirus“.
- Run the scan and wait for its completion.
- If any threats are detected, be sure to remove them.
You can also use third-party applications such as Malwarebytes Internet Security, Dr.Web, Comodo, and others.