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Mobile malware has become an increasingly troubling problem, especially for people who rely on their smartphones and tablets for things like shopping and banking. With the right type of malware, hackers can steal personal information that makes it easier for them to commit fraud and identity theft.

What many people don’t know is that there are other types of mobile malware that can also cause serious problems. Ransomware, for instance, locks your phone and forces you to pay the hacker to unlock it. Power off hijacks can place calls, take pictures, and run apps even while your phone appears to be turned off.

Unfortunately, the amount of mobile malware keeps growing. During 2014, more than 700,000 pieces of mobile malware were released every four months. With that many threats, you will likely encounter at least one of them in the near future, and that’s assuming that you don’t already have malware on your device.

Keeping your operating system and software updated is one of the most effective ways for people to protect themselves. The Google Nexus 6 and other Android phones from T-Mobile tell you when updates are available. Don’t ignore those notifications. Software updates often include changes that protect your device from the latest types of malware. If you don’t update, then you are making yourself a target for hackers.

Even if you do not think that your phone has malware installed on it, you should know the warning signs. This infographic will teach you how you can protect yourself, recognize the signs of malware, and remove malware when you find it.