The other day my mother in law was happily browsing around on her Android phone, when suddenly she received a text message from an unknown number persuading her to click on a suspicious looking link, y'know the one which is disguised into shortened link? Sort of http://pleaseclickme/moneyforyou etc??
Obviously my mother in law is not very Internet savvy, smartphone is just something she uses to google for recipes, whatsapp with her children and play simple games. Lucky for her, I was around at the moment and she told me about the message as she was quite curious & intrigued. I immediately told her NO, DO NOT CLICK!!!! In the most undramatic way ofcourse, lol kidding. I immediately deleted the message and told Mak to be careful because the website might have virus that could wipe out her whole phone! You should've seen her shocked & troublesome face, jaw on the floor, hands shaking effect kinda thing.
She wanted to learn more about this so that she can better protect her precious Galaxy S3 which Adik gifted her actually. I mean, it's Galaxy S3! I understand her concern and went on Google for help on the matter. Turns out there are lots of way a mobile phone can be infected with virus, IF you are not careful:
It freaked me out a lil but I kept my composure infront of Mak and told her not to worry because I heard Maxis has a Norton Symantec mobile phone protection package! I mean mobile phone protection against virus etc are always neglected, and I think it's a good thing that Maxis has provided such package. Phones nowadays are not just used to call and text someone, it means so much more; it's your diary, it's your camera, it has all your personal data and notes etc.. It's just so much mooooore, basically your life depends on it, don't you agree? Anyways, back to that Maxis Norton thingy:
According to this Youtube video from Maxis, there is just so much more offered in the package!
Anti-Phishing Web Protection – Protects and reports malicious sites that may
contain malware. Through this feature, users are protected from malicious websites
that offer quick access via the link or QR code.
Call & Text Blocker – Allows users to block specific people or phone numbers so
that users are not disturbed by unwanted calls and SMS.
Lost Notice – In the event of a lost phone, the user may send a customised
message to the person who located the device through this feature to have it
Remote Lock – Users are able to lock the device remotely via the web or SMS to
prevent others from accessing the data and information on the device.
Remote Locate – Pinpoints lost or stolen phones or tablets on a map to help users
find their devices fast.
Remote Wipe – As an added security measure data and information in the device,
both of which are stored in the internal memory or external memory, can be
removed via SMS or the web.
I mean just wow, now I think everyone needs to have this mobile phone protection. As an IT grad, Norton Symantec is definitely one of the most trustworthy antivirus software, being awarded so many times since 95 and actually it's the antivirus software of choice for Fakulti Informasi & Teknologi Maklumat, UKM during my uni days in 2003 - 2006. So I can definitely trust it to protect against virus & so much more on mobile phone.
Okay now Mak is bugging me to download the Maxis Norton app on her Android, let me go help her and put her mind at ease ;) What are you waiting for?
For more info, find out HERE.