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Android Malicious Apps, Bearing Google Icons, Are Back on Play Store

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Android Malicious Apps, Bearing Google Icons, Are Back on Play Store

Some time back, many users had fallen victim to some Android malicious apps that came with the Google-products icon on them. These were obviously harmful but the developers managed to present them as truly innocent. The point here was that not many people were not looking at the developer names while installing these programs. Thereafter, most of such apps were investigated and removed from the Google Play Store. According to a latest report, some of these apps have surfaced back on Play Store, causing more problem. While it’s unclear how these apps made it to the central app platform, it can surely cause some issues.

These apps are very clever in the working method, since the aforementioned apps can hide themselves. The process works by requiring the administrative privileges in the Smartphone, after which the hiding is possible for the app. The end of these apps is that they can steal your information and privacy in no time. In addition to have Google apps’ icon, these malicious apps may work like them too. In some time, however, users will be required to grant almost all the system requirements. What happens is that, once granted, permissions are used to hide the application somewhere.

There are a few solutions proposed to prevent your device from getting infected. The idea is to look at the name of the developer and other details before installing a Seemingly-Google app from Play Store. This will make sure that you are installing the right apps. Another easy method is to install an Antivirus for Android, which will scan the newly-installed apps and the amount of permissions requested by the same. This way, even if users install some malicious apps, they will be disabled/removed by the device itself. That having said, we are yet to see how Play Store safety features respond to this issue.

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Tajammul Pangarkar is a tech blogger, and has contributed to numerous tech magazines. Taj's longstanding experience in the field of mobile technology and industry research is reflected in his insightful news articles as presented on TechnoVally. His interest lies in understanding the tech trends, mobile applications and technical consciousness on these increasingly consumer-oriented industries. When he is not ruminating about the tech world, he can be found playing table tennis or hanging out with his friends.