November 17, 2019
Some of the Android apps have already been removed from the Google Play Store due to concerns raised. Anyone who has one or more of them installed on their phone is advised to remove them immediately, as reported by the Express.
15 antivirus apps available on the Play Store are feared to be full of dangerous malware, spyware, and questionable permissions. These apps have been downloaded 1.9 billion times by people interested in protecting their phones and tablets. The reality is that they allow companies to collect and sell data from your device and some require a payment before you delete it.
These are the applications
• Security Master – Antivirus, VPN, AppLock, Booster | 500 million installations • Virus Cleaner, Antivirus, Cleaner (MAX Security) | 50 Million Installations • Antivirus Free 2019 – Scans and Removes Viruses, Cleaner | 10 million installs • 360 Security: Free Antivirus, Booster, Cleaner | 100 million installations • Virus Cleaner 2019 – Antivirus, Cleaner & Booster | 50 million installs • Super Phone Cleaner: Virus Cleaner, Phone Cleaner | 50 million installs • 360 Security Lite – Booster, Cleaner, AppLock | 50 million installations • Super Cleaner – Antivirus, Booster, Phone Cleaner | 100 million installs • Clean Master – Antivirus, App Lock, and Cleaner | Billion Installations • Super Security – Antivirus, Booster and AppLock | 10 million installs • Free Antivirus – Virus Cleaner | 50 million installations • Antivirus Free 2019 – Virus Cleaner | 1 million installations • Android Antivirus | 1 million installs • Antivirus and virus cleaner | 10 million installs • Mobile Antivirus – Cleaner, phone virus scanner
Some of the apps are still on the Play Store.
The Secure-D research team has issued a warning about free keyboard apps, including one, called ai.type Free Emoji Keyboard, downloaded more than 10 million times.
And ESET has identified 42 apps from the Google Play Store that contain harmful adware capable of draining the user’s battery life, data, and the collection of personal information.
Lukas Stefanko said that the apps have been removed from the Google store. Some are still downloadable in third-party app markets. The 42 apps are said to have amassed eight million downloads. Stefanko mentioned 21 of the apps in question and detailed the package names of the other 21 in a blog post.
They were said to be:
• Smart Gallery • SaveInsta • Mini lite for Facebook • Free FM Radio Online • Free Video Downloader • Free Social Video Downloader • File Downloader • Water Drink Reminder • Smart Notes for You • DU Recorder • Classic Tank • Heroes Jump • Solution • Ringtone Maker • Video Downloader • Ringtone Maker Pro • Perfect Basketball Shot • HikeTop + • MP4 Video Downloader • Flat Music Player • Free Top Video Downloader
Two more applications have been highlighted in a Wandera safety report. Sun Pro Beauty Camera and Funny Sweet Beauty Camera have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times, but they are full of adware. They can also record audio without your knowledge.
Google is now partnering with ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium to search for bad apps. The App Defense Alliance is “working to ensure the safety of the Google Play Store” by “quickly finding potentially harmful apps and preventing them from being published.”
A Google spokesperson said: “As part of this Alliance, we are integrating our Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner’s scan engines. This will generate new application risk intelligence as applications are queued to publish. The partners will analyze that data set and act as another vital set of eyes before an app is available on the Play Store. ”
McAfee chief scientist Raj Samani told Express: “We urge Android users to remain diligent when it comes to downloading any application onto their device. Always check credibility through reviews left by other users for potentially rogue apps. Most importantly, you make sure your cybersecurity solution protects your mobile device as well.
Source: All Android Apps You Need To Remove Right Away To Protect Your Phone – MyLondon
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