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PPAP, then what? What if viral videos actually contains viruses?

The original earworm song PPAP has drawn more than 55m views on Youtube! And it is estinmated that the same video on entertainment portal 9GAG’s Facebook page even has 69 million views. “PPAP,” which stands for Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen, was performed by a fictinal character Piko-Taro that is played by Kazuhiko Kosaka. Last week, he posted a new song-”NEO SUNGLASSES.” Let’s check out his new song!

Both “PPAP” and “NEO SUNGLASSES” are identified as  classic viral videos. According to Wikipedia, viral videos are videos that becomes popular through a viral process of Internet sharing, typically through social media.

In other words, viral videos can hit millions of views with fairly low costs. BBC analyzed and found that PPAP has all the ingredients for a viral video formula: an addictive beat, silly lyrics and a hilariously simple dance routine to back it up.

The reposts,  all the lip sync versions, as well as the mashup versions lead to the popularity of PPAP. For instance, majority of people who watch this PPAP mashup“Pen Pineapple Apple Pen PPAP in 9 Music Styles” will check out the original version. And this video has 16 millions of views.

While the viral videos are reposted and shared through various channels, one must paused to ask, what if viral videos actually contains viruses? Let’s discuss can viral videos contain viruses, how this threat spreads, and what you can do to keep your mobile devices from those viruses.

Can viral videos contain viruses?
Generally speaking, opening and sharing video files are not considered to be actions that put yourself in danger. However, this is a typical myths. Since video files are commonly saved and shared, it is highly possible that those video files are malicious.

Why do hackers choose video files?How this threat spreads
For people who enjoy in listening music or watching videos, media players will certainly rank high among your favorite and frequently-used list. But the longer you leave it open, the easier you get infected.

There are two typical vulnerability vectors:
1.  Modifying video files to fuzz the media players, in that case, malware can easily pass the default security setting
2.  Embedding a hyper link into video files so that your devices will direct to the website and download malicious files

Imagine if a malicious video become viral and get millions of views!

What you can do to keep your mobile devices from those viruses?
Avoiding oping files that have suspicious names is always the first layer of security. And try not to watch low quality videos. Moreover, do not click unknown hyper link.

“Wait, so are you saying that I can’t do ANYTHING?”Of course no, with Dr. Safety’s protection, you are guaranteed of application safety. Dr. Safety will detect if the hyper link is malicious, and lead you to a safe page when threats appear.

What if viral videos actually contains viruses?
With Dr. Safety, “viral videos” are no longer threats!!!

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Sources :
BBC-How a ‘Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen’ earworm took over the internet
Wikipedia-Viral video
Pen Pineapple Apple Pen PPAP in 9 Music Styles


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