By Sam Riddle | November 21, 2017 11:30:23As we head into the holiday season, many people are opting to stay home from work or school to protect their devices from the threats that are emerging from the growing number of Android devices that are becoming infected with malware.
The most recent report released by the Android Security team at Google indicates that more than 5.4 million devices are infected with the most common malware, which is Android ransomware.
According to the report, more than 7.3 million devices in the United States have been infected with ransomware.
This number does not include devices that were never infected with a malware variant, or devices infected with some other malware.
The number of infected devices is still growing, and Google warns that it is possible for a device to become infected with Android ransomware without ever installing an update.
“We’ve seen the number of devices that have been reported to be infected with this malware increase significantly, especially during the holiday period,” Google Security Senior Vice President of Engineering Mike O’Reilly told The Verge in an email.
“The more devices that we see with ransomware, the more we have to focus on getting our apps patched.
The more devices we have on the market, the higher the risk of our customers becoming infected.”
The Android security team has released a security advisory that explains how to prevent your device from becoming infected by Android ransomware and how to protect yourself against it.
The Android Security Advisory lists steps to take if you suspect that your Android smartphone is infected with an Android ransomware variant.1.
Disable your Android phone’s software settings.2.
Download and install the Google Android Security app from Google Play.3.
Click on “Apps” in the bottom right-hand corner of the app’s page.4.
Click the “Add a new app” button.5.
Click “Apply” and then click “Save changes” to download the file.6.
Download the file from the Google Play store.7.
Click and install it on your device.8.
Restart your device if prompted.9.
Disable the Android system settings.
If you don’t follow these steps, your Android devices will not have a working software update.
However, you will be able to install updates for the devices that you disable the system settings on.