There are some applications that may have been downloaded through Google Play, but that would be the perfect means to access personal information, banking or sensitive data through cell phones, according to the Phone Arena portal .
“While most of these were quickly removed from the official Play Store, at least three apps are still available for new installs at the time of writing, including one that has amassed over 50,000 downloads worldwide, and perhaps most worryingly, an average 4.8-star user rating based on over 900 reviews.
Given this, he warned that there is a high probability that the reviews are invented, so the user should check if the app is marked as “fraud” or “total forgery”.
The list of most recent malicious Android apps found are:
- document manager
- Coin track Loan - Online loan
- cool call screen
- PSD Authentication Shield
- RGB Emoji Keyboard
- Camera Translator Pro
Here are some slightly older ones that also had malware discovered:
- Fast PDF Scanner
- air balloon wallpaper
- colorful messenger
- thug photo editor
- Animated wallpaper
- SMS of peace
- Happy photo collage
- original messenger
- pellet posts
- smart keyboard
- special photo editor
- 4K Wallpapers
In this sense, to avoid malware that can steal data on the cell phone, the portal recommended:
- Only download popular apps from trusted stores like Google Play.
- Eliminate products that may be suspicious.
- Check the average user rating score and read comments for red flags. Among these, we can highlight those that have 1-star ratings, when they repeatedly accuse of invading privacy and comments such as “scam”, “false”, etc.
- ExpressVPN, a VPN provider, can be downloaded for privacy protection.
This way you can disable some cell phone options to protect data
Dmitry Bestuzhev, director of the research and analysis team at Kaspersky Lab Latin America, spoke to the CNN network, pointing out that privacy has to do with how the provider used treats users’ personal data. The expert pointed out that he verifies that the mobile device he is using does not have more permissions enabled than necessary. Also, he said that he only gives access to specific applications that need such permission and only enables it while using the application.
“In a conversation between two or more people, it is enough for only one of them to have their permissions enabled, ” Bestuzhev explained to the international media.
Against Signal, he said that “it is a platform that is easier to use and similar in its interface to WhatsApp, but with the difference that the conversation is encryptable from end to end and it also has high privacy, and not because it has high moral standards . , but because its design is made for that”. He also pointed out that every time people download an app, their privacy “changes dramatically.”
Meanwhile, he maintained that there are measures that people do not implement and should, among them are: an antivirus system; implement a VPN on the phone and that blocks advertising and others; have a modern browser that would block fingerprint attempts; review the cell phone settings to verify that user data is not collected or shared, “because Apple and Android phones collect our information such as places where we go and where we live,” said the expert. Thus, to access this option, people must enter the settings/privacy part and in the “analytical data and improvements” option, the person must stop sharing.