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Smartphones are the main hub of our online lives, making them a common target for hackers. There are three main types of threats mobile users face: malware apps, adware and spyware. A recent study found that spyware apps for Android phones are difficult to detect and remove and can leak sensitive personal information. Spyware is software that monitors a device’s content and programs that harness a device’s internet bandwidth for use in a botnet to send spam or phishing screens that steal a user’s login when entered into a compromised but otherwise legitimate app.

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