Tapping a link on your smartphone to watch a new music video might sound harmless, but it got one 12-year-old girl from Tennessee into trouble last year.
Instead of a video, the preteen -- whose name has not been disclosed because of her age -- had unwittingly installed malicious software that downloaded child pornography, locked her Android phone, and threatened to report the pornography to the FBI if she didn't fork over $500 in ransom....
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Many of the same recommendations for a computer would apply to smartphones. Don't open unexpected e-mails or attachments you weren't expecting, don't slick on links in instant message programs or in games, and an important one for smartphones, never download and install applications from outside the Google Play store or Apple App Store. And remember, anything that sounds too good to be true is something to be avoided.
How to do a factory reset on an Android phone:
https://www.google.c...hone to factory