Hyderabad News

Beware! Your phone may (not) have a virus

Hackers have different strategies to make their way into your phone through an unknown computer

Published: 14th March 2017 10:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th March 2017 04:30 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: India’s obsession with American politics might have reached an all-time high on social media especially after Trump was elected but we still don’t fail to take a jibe at the superpower’s politics and enjoy the comedy of it all.

Naturally, a video titled ‘Hillary Dance Video’  is bound to catch anyone’s attention. But a good Samaritan somewhere decided to start circulating messages warning WhatsApp users to not click on the video link because it contains malware. The message read: “It is a virus that formats your mobile. It is very dangerous. It was mentioned on BBC radio today. Beware.”
While the good Samaritans intentions maybe good, it is important to note that no such video exists and therefore no malware or virus. A similar message went viral two years ago but titled differently as being the dance video of the pope.

The BBC also made no such announcement claiming that the message was just another hoax, even suggesting that if viewers were interested then they could click on the link of an actual video of Hillary Clinton dancing at the popular Ellen Show.
However, it’s prudent to be wary of video links. Verify the links and scan it before you download it. Not just because the computer can get a virus but also because cyber crimes are on the rise. Hackers have different strategies to make their way into your phone through an unknown computer and rob you of your finances and even misuse the data and photos you have saved in your phone and computer.

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

Latest