Candy Crush Malware Isn’t So Sweet

It was Easter this year when my aunt warned me, “Don’t start playing Candy Crush. It will ruin your life.”  She spoke like she herself had hit bottom, but she clearly hadn’t.  I heeded her words of warning, and today I’m glad, because today I’m seeing reports that a malicious version of Candy Crush, Plants vs. Zombies, and Super Hero Adventure (among others) have made it into the Google Play Store. [1]

If, by chance, you fancy a game of Plants vs. Zombies or Candy Crush, and you recently installed it (or updated it), you would be well advised to uninstall it.  But how do you avoid malware on your mobile devices to begin with?

There’s good news and bad news about malware on mobile devices.  First, the bad news: statistically, you’re exponentially more likely to get malware on an Android phone than you are on an iOS device.  The good news: our friends at ESET have a very robust antivirus suite for Android devices. [2]

“But wait, there’s more!”

Not only is the ESET for Android product capable of identifying malicious apps on your mobile, it also boasts a host of features including antispam, anti-theft, personal data protection, and call/text screening filters.

“And all of this for the low, low price of $14.95!” [2]

Personally, I’ve been running ESET for Android for more than a year, and in that time it has saved me from installing either malicious software or software that would push ads to my device.  Hopefully, your success will be similar.  If you have ESET in your corporate environment, talk to your HPN Account Representative about options for licensing ESET for your company’s mobile devices and enjoy the same great protection on all your corporate end points.

Corey Steele, Network and Security Engineer

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