Until recently, a virus was something you contracted by clicking on a link or an ad that then had you download a piece of malicious code otherwise known as malware. If you were lucky, your sytem's anti-malware programs picked it up and eliminated it before it could do any real harm. If you were not, then your harddrive was corrupted to the point where it either slowed to a crawl or froze up completely. So news of a new virus would seem to be no news at all. Except that in this case, Android phones in Europe have been infected via text messaging with a new virus called Mazar. Once installed, this malware redirects all web traffic on the infected smartphone through a proxy that allows cybercriminals to harvest personal and financial information from victims. While the virus has not yet spread across the Atlantic, it is only a matter of time. If you want to have safe text, tune into this episode of Working the Web to Win.
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