If you’ve been downloading an interesting-looking Android app from Google Play in the past few weeks that for some reason felt… rather sketchy, you might want to check out our latest list of malicious titles caught red-handed by various security researchers trying various using data and money-stealing tricks.
Most of those reviews are most likely made up, mind you, a couple of others correctly identified the app as a “fraud” or “total fake”, highlighting one of the easiest ways to avoid these kinds of dangers. But before we get into that, let’s break down the above promised list into two smaller lists.
These are the latest malicious Android apps you should uninstall
- Document management
- Coin Track Loan – Online Loan
- Cool Caller Screen
- PSD Authentication Protector
- RGB Emoji Keyboard
- Camera Translator Pro
And these are some slightly older apps that also contain malware
- Fast PDF Scanner
- Hot Air Balloon Wallpaper
- Colorful Messenger
- Thug Photo Editor
- Anime Wallpaper
- Peace SMS
- Happy Photo Collage
- Original Messenger
- Pellet messages
- smart keyboard
- Special photo editor
- 4K Wallpapers
Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about the first group, which includes at least three apps that managed to break into the five-digit Google Play download area at one time or another. In theory, that puts tens of thousands if not more than 100,000 Android users at risk of unceremoniously stealing money, passwords and other types of personal information.
Their tricks come straight from “popular” Joker and Hydra playbooks, in case you’re wondering, collecting everything from phone numbers to email addresses, passwords and even credit card details to try and do as much personal and financial damage as possible without user knowledge , and of course without any form of authorization.
What can you do to stay safe?
Even though there really is no surefire way to preserve all types of malware from your Android phone on all times you can try to do the following and minimize your risks:
- Only download popular apps from reliable stores like Google Play.
- As soon as possible, remove any title that feels suspicious, potentially malicious, or has been confirmed as such by cybersecurity experts.
- Check the average user review score, then scroll through several dozen individual reviews for potential red flags (many 1-star ratings, repeated mentions of privacy violations and other types of shady behavior, “scams,” “fake,” etc.).
- Protect your privacy with ExpressVPNThe world’s leading VPN provider (you even get a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Use common sense (if something seems too good to be true…or too good to be free, it might be wiser to stay away).
- Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of similar mobile security threats in the future.