There are numerous way that bad actors can track your online usage. If you have ever clicked on an ad and then keep seeing the same ads following you around that is a very popular technique. Many people will put it off to just simple coincidence, but in reality it is far from that. All you have to do sometimes is visit a site and they have you.
This is bad enough on your computer at home but it gets even more creepy when they target your phone.
For the most part legit businesses target you and your surfing habits to make sales to you. This is marketing. Unfortunately people with bad intentions also use these same methods as do website owners who feel they can scare you into buying something from them. This may be in the form of a pop up window telling you that your device is infected.
Often they will sound a warning siren and even give you a countdown telling you to not close the window and that you need to click on the button to remove the virus or malware. Don’t fall for it. If you do you will likely only be installing exactly what you are trying to get rid of. Close the browsers you have open and install a security app.
There is a simple and effective way to protect your phone however. Install security software or apps. I personally would suggest first checking out what your wireless carrier has to offer. Quite often you can get a security package for free or a few dollars a month added to your monthly bill.
If your carrier does not offer a security service then you can check Google Play Store for a suitable app. You can also try the standard AV/AM providers such as Norton, McAfee, BitDefender or others. Just make sure you do your homework and you will be safer and happier.
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