19 Oct The Downside of using Android Apps : Everything you need to know!
Android apps are a great way to kill time and carry out day to day activities from the comfort of your handheld device. With the Google play store exploding in recent years, thousands of apps are swarming on the app market. The consumers are seen spending much time within mobile apps. But have you ever considered the downside of using this platform? Yes, like everything else nowadays, mobile apps, too come with drawbacks to consider before using them. No, we are not talking about technical glitches and errors here. We are talking about severe damages that installing few apps can cause you and your device.
Let’s dive into one very common setback, mostly ignored by mobile application users- Malicious android apps. What do these apps do? These malware apps affect your mobile phones like parasitic organisms, sometimes, even worse. They can hijack your information and hold you ransom with threats to release your confidential data. Google has introduced Play Protect that scans up to 50 billion android apps every day to identify and remove any malware threats. Yet, they haven’t been able to curb the spread of malicious Android apps.
What are these malicious android apps you should uninstall?
The team at Sophos (British cybersecurity firm) had identified 15 malicious android apps in the store. And between January to July 2019, 1.3 million downloads were reported. Then again in September alone, a total of 172 infected apps found their way to the Play Store. And the worst part? These apps had recorded a whopping 335 million installs by the time security experts detected them. The team of Symantec has recently spotted 25 malware apps in the PlayStore and reported it to Google. All the apps have since been removed. That said these apps might still be on your phone and can land you in trouble. It’s time you cross-check your device and uninstall if you find one.
Here’s a Compiled list of 35 malicious android apps to watch out in 2019
- Image Magic
- Generate Elves,
- QR Artifact
- Find your Phone
- Scavenger Speed
- Read QR Code
- Flash on Calls & Msg
- Photo Background
- Image Processing,
- Background Cut Out, Background Cut Out Pro
- Background Cut Out (Developed by Haltermore),
- Auto Cut Out and Auto Cut Out 2019.
- Auto Blur Photo
- Blur Image Plus
- Blur Image Plus (1.0)
- Blur Image Pro
- Cut Paste Photo Editor
- Cut Paste Photo Editor (X 1.0)
- Face Feature
- Fashion Hairstyles Pic Editor
- Fashion Hairstyles Pic Editor 2.4.6
- Image Blur Editor
- Image Blur Editor (Free)
- Image Blur Editor (Unlimited)
- Hairstyles Photo Editor Plus
- Latest Hairstyles (Free)
- Motion on Picture
- Photo Background Editor Pro
- Photo Blur Background Maker 2019
- Photo Collage Maker
- Photo Cut Studio Professional
- Pop Color
- SkyCamera for 2019
- Yasuo wallpapers
As you can see, the majority of these malware apps were masquerading as photo- editing or fashion apps. Other types of malware included QR readers and scanners.
By using some software, these apps remain hidden from your home screen. Thus, users generally tend to forget these apps. When you first install the app, it’s visible and usable, just like any other app. However, at some point, a request is made in the background via a third-party service to download a remote configuration file. Once you download the configuration file, it gets extracted by the malware. After the app’s icon become hidden, the malware cause advertising to be displayed, even when the app was not in use. This made up for a lot of ads, followed by a lot of fraudulent revenues.
If your android device has any of these apps, you need to uninstall them immediately. Like we already said, these apps are mostly not visible in your app drawer. Hence, you’ll have to navigate to the Apps and Notifications page from Settings, search for the app and then uninstall it.
What’s the best way to check and remove malicious apps on your phone?
The first thing you can do is to enable Google Play Protect as it scans every app installed on your device. The next step is to view the recent scan details. Go to Settings-> Security. The first option you’ll see is Google Play Protect; tap it. You’ll find a list of recently scanned apps, any harmful apps found, and the option to scan your device on demand.
The next crucial step is to verify whether an app is safe. During the installation of an app from the Play store, you’ll find the Play Protect badge underneath the progress bar that reassures the app has been “Verified by Play Protect” and is safe to install at the time of install. Even after an app is safely scanned and installed, that doesn’t necessarily mean that any nefarious element won’t slip into future app updates. But, Google will notify you before you update an app whether a pending update is safe to download or not. Our advice is simple; don’t download trivial apps because they seem nifty and free; they are free for a reason. If the only downside of installing such apps is unwanted ads, yet they can lead to more dangers than that. Given the amount of private information we store in our devices, don’t leave the backdoor open to anyone with a shiny app and a free install.
We would love to hear more suggestions and updates about malicious android apps on the Google Play Store. Comment below and help us spread the message to our fellow users.