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Google Play Store: 3 Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself From Malicious Apps

Google Play Store: 3 Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself From Malicious Apps

A new flaw in Android’s security algorithms is a reminder that you should always be careful before downloading and using the app. By following a few simple tips, you can reduce the risk of personal data theft.

Not all Play Store apps are created equal. Explained by a special site called ThreatFabricIn November 2021, 12 malicious applications were detected in the Google Apps Store. These record your screen and keyboard input for the purpose of stealing banking information and personal data.

Despite all the security measures taken by Google, spyware continues to grow on Android due to the popularity of the computer worldwide.

These applications (complete list of infected software) The ThreatFabric website is detailed) Especially used deceptive methods. Before using the update with malicious code, they disguised themselves as completely legitimate software to be listed on the Google App Store. Only specific users are targeted, which makes detection even more difficult.

These high-level threats are a reminder that no computer system can be compromised, and that there are some simple security rules to keep in mind before installing the app on your smartphone.

If you are looking for a simple application to scan QR code or scan PDF document, avoid installing the first application that comes your way. Before you choose, see who is editing the app and how many downloads it has accumulated. Both of these information are available in the download sheets of the application.

Some information to check before downloading the app // Source: Numerama Screenshot

If an application is downloaded too little, the focus will be less on it, so internet users are less likely to detect potential frustrations in the code. Prefer applications from well known and trusted developers, For those who are posted by obscure companies who often fill the application store with very useless “gadget” apps. See comments It can also be useful in determining whether an application is legitimate or full of ads and other malware.

At the end of November 2021 we already remembered this, vizYou should carefully consider the permissions you give to your applications. Because an application has too many permissions, it can plant its roots deep in your computer and infect you.

Only give the necessary permissions to the applications you are installing. If the app asks you to download an update from a third-party site (similar to the spy app pinned by TreatFabric), beware. Allowing one app to install another or downloading an update file from the web is the best way to get rid of the virus. So pay special attention to this point.

How to check if one application has the right to install another // Source: Numeroma Screenshot

Most commonly, beware of all applications that require high recognition.

If you have an old app on your mobile that you have not used for many years, it may be time to remove it. As we have seen, depending on the update, some applications may be malicious. Cleaning up apps installed on your mobile phone is a great way to ensure that older software installed in 2014 is not being used wisely in your personal data.

Most commonly, install applications less. App stores seem like the bottom line of free, fun or simple software, but do not install anything on your phone because you will not install anything on your computer.

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