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Malware

Malicious software gets onto smartphones or PCs through manipulated or infected apps, websites or files. The devices can also become infected if they are connected to another - infected - device via a USB cable. After that, everything on the device can be viewed or stolen, e.g. B. also login data with passwords.

Beware of decoy

It is particularly mean when you trust an antivirus that hides such malware. checked4you (the youth magazine of the North Rhine-Westphalia consumer center) reports on such fake warnings and gives security tips: Cell phone viruses attack the battery? Don't touch anything!

Only free today or extremely cheap?

Sounds great - but can be deceiving. These offers are often linked to infected sites. They come as a popup on your screen or as a message on your mobile phone. Some of the links lead you to pages where you have to enter your name, address and mobile number. If you fill out the form, your risk increases in the future that you will not only receive spam, but also links with malware. This method is called "phishing".

klicksafe has put together a checklist on how you can recognize a phishing message or email.

Login data and passwords

Burglars enter buildings through windows or doors, hackers need login data and password to take possession of accounts. Profiles in online games, messengers, social networks or online shops are attractive targets. This is called "identity theft".

With a game account, hackers are about stealing expensive equipment or buying games and equipment at the cost of the victim. With messengers and social networks, they primarily want access to personal contacts. They then use the contacts' email addresses or mobile numbers for new attacks. Accounts in online shops include bank details. If hackers know this, they can make purchases or make illegal debits at the expense of others. Example at checked4you: Identity theft - what to do?

Security risk WLAN and public hotspot

Use WiFi and save valuable data volume - that's really practical. If you use the WLAN at home, the data exchange is usually encrypted and access is password-protected. Things are completely different on the road: there is open WiFi on the street, in cafés or public buildings. You just have to tap it and you're inside. Everyone in range is on the same network. That makes access to the other devices pretty easy. So never enter your login details or make online payments when the WiFi is open.

At checked4you, you can find out how to be safe with and without WiFi when you are out and about: Switch off WiFi when you are on the move

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