Chinese smartphone manufacturer Tecno Mobile sold low-cost smartphones pre-installed with malware in African countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Cameroon, and South Africa, according to a report by Buzzfeed.

Anti-fraud platform Secure-D revealed that the malware is called Triada. It installs a kind of a code known as xHelper onto vulnerable devices that automatically download apps and subscribe users to services that consume prepaid data. Secure-D noted that the new malware affects only Tecno’s W2 smartphones.

For those who are worried about the malware and using a budget-friendly Chinese smartphone brand like Tecno, Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the Philippines advised downloading and using an anti-malware app onto their devices for a week or a month.

Here are some of the recommended apps for both Android and iOS, most of which are free, to protect devices from malware:

  • Kaspersky Security Cloud – Recommended free VPN and security breach scan for iOS
  • Norton 360 Deluxe – Paid guaranteed protection for iOS devices
  • Bitdefender Total Security – Cutting-edge cybersecurity features for paid users
  • Avira Mobile Security – Offers more anti-virus features
  • McAfee Mobile Security – Highly recommended for Anti-thefts
  • Phone Guardian – Best personal data protection


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