Lots of warnings have been going around to Android users these days. It was recently discovered that their WhatsApp messages could be read without their knowledge due to a worrying hack. Meanwhile, a British security firm called Sophos has also released a new announcement. Claiming that 15 Google play store apps are filled with deceitful hardware. And that they can hide on your smartphones and tablets. The worrying fact is that these apps have over 1.3million downloads amongst them.
Fortunately, Sophos, in a bid to protect Android users, has released a list containing these vicious apps. They are:
|1||Scavenger – speed guard|
|3||Read QR Code|
|9||Flash On Calls & Messages|
|10||Find Your Phone Whistle|
|11||Background Cut Out New|
|12||Background Cut Out|
|13||Auto Cut Out Pro|
|14||Auto Cut Out 2019|
|15||Auto Cut Out|
You are advised to check your Play Store downloads. To see if you have any of these apps.
Sophos gave some safety tips for Android users. Sophos explained the deceitful tactics of the ‘Flash on Call and Messages’ app. According to a researcher, when the app is launched, it shows ‘incompatible with the device in question.’ After that, in an attempt to trick the user, the app leads users to Google Maps app in the play store. As this is going on, Flash on Call and Messages app will disappear from the user’s app drawer so that it cannot be uninstalled.
Some of the above-listed apps trick users by changing their app icon picture to look like an essential and harmless app. These apps take the name of “Timezone services, update, backup, and Google Play Store.” to deceive users.
However, TechRadar, the British security firm, explained what to do to uninstall any vicious app. It Explained thus: tap Settings (the gear menu) and then Apps & Notifications. Then you will see a list of the recently opened apps. If any of the apps have a generic name, Tap the generic icon and then tap ‘Force Stop’ followed by ‘Uninstall.
Though these listed apps have since been removed from the Google Play Store, users are advised to check for reviews on any new app they want to download from Google’s Android marketplace.