If you are using Android devices and you occasionally download apps from the Third-Party Apps Stores, this post is going to be very useful for you.
About 2 billion of users are using Android. Google’s android operating system is very user friendly. You can download any apps from its play store. Google play store has more than 3.5 million apps that means you can find everything you want from google play store.
Android is an open source and flexible operating system that makes it vulnerable to security issues. However Google scans Play-Store time to time but we cannot denying the Malware attacks on Play-Store Apps.
According to Quick Heal, an anti-virus company Malware attacks on Android devices increased by 40% plus in Q3 of 2017. A number of malicious apps were detected on the play store.
An Android malware called Flash Player is targeting banking and cryptocurrency apps. According to anti-virus company Quick Heal. Whenever anyone randomly download apps from third-party app stores, the malware infiltrates a smartphone by asking users to download a flash player app. Once installed it asks for accessibility rights which it uses to imitate notifications of these banking apps and asks users for their user ID and password.
The best way to be safe from such malware is to never download apps from third-party stores. Also, one should be more careful before giving accessibility rights to any app. Users who are already affected should change the passwords of their banking apps and factory reset their smartphone.
Anti-virus company Trend Micro found a new type of malware written using Kotlin, a fully-supported programming language for Android which is believed to be more secure and is used by a number of genuine Android apps. The malware was passed on through a utility app which has been downloaded from Google Play Store by around 5,000 users before it was taken down by Google. Once the malware is installed, it uses the mobile connection to subscribe for a premium SMS subscription service without users’ knowledge. The remote server uses the subscription to send URLs to other devices and generate clicks. This malware doesn’t target any of the confidential data, but can cause monetary loss to users through the SMS subscription service. Users should read the details of new apps and only download apps from trusted developers.
Another malware called AdultSwine was detected in over 60 apps and games on Play Store by researchers at Check Point security, who believe these apps have been downloaded on more than 7 million Android devices. Once installed on a device, the app starts showing pornographic advertisements. Clicking on them displays messages on mobile browser warning users their smartphone has been infected and then suggests some fake anti-virus apps to flush out the malware. Once the anti-virus app is installed, the hacker has access to the phone’s accessibility rights as most anti-virus apps require that to work.
So whenever you want to download any android apps use google play store only. Keep block unsafe website access in your android devices. Format your device time to time to keep your android device smooth and malware free.