This could be the cause of your Android battery draining – Best Life

This could be the cause of your Android battery draining - Best Life

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  • Another threat was discovered in May, when cybersecurity firm Kaspersky identified three apps in the Google Play store that contained Trojan-style hacker software called “Jocker.” Although Google has banned apps with this code, malware somehow still made it through. Malicious apps are nothing new, but they can be sneaky, and you might not even know that your Android is infected. In that case, your battery may be trying to send you signs that your phone is at risk.

  • Our Android phone batteries always seem to expire at the most inconvenient moments. You’re attempting to get directions in a new place or talking on the phone with a buddy you haven’t spoken to in years, and your battery % suddenly drops to the single digits. If you’re an Android user, this may be occurring to you more frequently than you’d want, and at a faster rate than you’d like. Continue reading to find out why your Android battery is depleting so rapidly. Android users have been beset by security risks, with Google providing safety warnings and acting quickly when new breaches are detected. Google removed hundreds of applications from its Google Play store on March 25 after discovering that their creators had intended them to gather and transfer user data without their knowledge.

There are several factors that could cause your Android battery to die, with many as trivial as having your screen brightness too high. But if you notice that your Android battery is draining at a quicker rate than it normally does, it might be a sign of something more sinister. Your phone may be infected with malware, as reported by CNET, which is a tool used by hackers to access information and capabilities on your phone.
One way that malware can make its way onto your phone is by downloading a malicious app, which will ask you for certain permissions when it’s installed on your phone.

You may also get a warning in the form of ransomware, which is never a good sign. In this instance, you will see that hackers have locked your information. Most times, according to CNET, you will get a popup from the attacker asking for Bitcoin—a form of electronic currency—to get your files back. Dealing with malware is both scary and inconvenient. If you suspect something is amiss with your Android, try deleting the app to resolve the issue. If the app won’t budge, you’ll want to seek out expert advice to determine the best way to get it cleared from your phone.

This happened recently with an Android app called Ads Blocker, CNET reported, which was supposed to do just as its name says and block ads. Unfortunately, the app was actually “adware” in disguise, running in the background and showing users more ads instead of fewer. A draining battery is a telltale sign of potential malware—as the malware is using power without your knowledge—but it’s not the only one. According to CNET, you may notice constant ads or apps you don’t recognize on your phone. If you install an app and the icon disappears without warning, you could be in trouble.

To investigate existing apps, check out the permissions, which is what apps are allowed to do and access on your phone. You can do this by heading to the Settings app, tapping an app, and then Permissions. You’ll want to check and see if any apps have permission to do something they shouldn’t, like sending text messages, Adam Bauer, security researcher for mobile security company Lookout, told CNET.

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