Patcay.com – Google boss Sundar Pichai recently warned Android users about some dangerous apps that can be found in the Play Store. These apps can steal users’ personal data, such as phone numbers, email addresses, and credit card information.
Pichai said that Google has removed more than 1.7 million malicious apps from the Play Store by 2022. However, there are still some malicious apps that escape detection and can be downloaded by users.
Here are some malicious apps that Android users need to be aware of:
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- Apps that ask for unnecessary permissions
Apps that ask for unnecessary permissions, such as permission to access the user’s location or contacts, should be suspect. These apps can use these permissions to steal users’ personal data.
- Apps that have suspicious reviews
Apps that have suspicious reviews, such as reviews that contain only one word or reviews written by newly created accounts, should be avoided. These reviews can be created by app developers to make their apps look more appealing.
- Apps that haven’t had updates in a long time
Apps that don’t have updates for a long time are vulnerable to malware attacks. App developers usually issue updates to fix security vulnerabilities found in their apps.
Pichai advises Android users to be careful when downloading apps from the Play Store. Be sure to read app reviews before downloading them and avoid downloading apps from unknown developers.
Here are some tips to avoid downloading malicious apps from the Play Store:
- Only download apps from known and reputable developers.
- Read app reviews before downloading them.
- Watch out for apps that ask for unnecessary permissions.
- Check if the app has the latest updates.
If you find a malicious app on the Play Store, you can report it to Google. You can do so by opening the Play Store app, tapping on your profile, and then tapping on Help.