Hackers Might Be Using Near Field Communication Feature to Install Malware

Android phones have a lot of features that are designed to make the lives of its users as easy as possible. One such feature is the NFC beam, or Near Field Communication. This is basically a technology that allows you to send files and apps to other phones in a manner that is quite similar to Bluetooth, and this feature has been found to be quite popular among the various people that use these apps. However, you might want to think twice about using the NFC feature when you take into account some new developments that have arisen concerning the feature.

According to Nightwatch Cybersecurity, hackers are now using NFC to install malware onto your smartphones, and they are basically doing this by hijacking the transmissions and taking advantage of the fact that Google has whitelisted NFC. This means that if you download an app from NFC you are not going to get the prompt that would tell you that doing so might potentially be dangerous. This is basically done because certain places where you can download apps from such as Dropbox, Google Chrome and NFC are considered to be trustworthy because of the fact that the people sending you apps through these platforms are usually going to be people that you trust.

If you get a notification for an app install via NFC beaming, you should definitely avoid it if you don’t know who it’s from. Another thing that you should realize is that when it comes to NFC beaming, phones need to be very close to one another in order for it to work which means that it won’t be very likely that a hacker would want to use this technology for their purposes. Google has also removed NFC beaming from its whitelist which makes it even less likely that a hacker would be able to use this at some point.

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