These 18 Android apps steal data and have malware, delete them now

As the most important device in our day to day, the cell phone has become the favorite target of cybercriminals and one of the easiest ways they have to scam their victims is through apps that appear to be harmless but in reality They hide malware, like these 18 Android apps designed to steal users’ information.

It should be noted that although Google makes an effort to review applications before making them available for Android devices through the Play Store, so many apps and hackers are so advanced in their strategies that some manage to circumvent security.

And once again it has been discovered that a series of 18 applications, which could be downloaded from the official Android store, were designed to steal users’ information. We give you all the details below so you know what they are and what to do if you have any.

These Android apps are stealing data

The first thing worth clarifying is that, of the 18 applications identified as malicious, most of them were quickly removed from the Play Store, so their level of downloads was not so high.

However, as the Phone Arena site points out, at least 3 applications are still available for new installations, including one that has accumulated more than 50 thousand downloads worldwide.

One of the reasons why the app has circumvented security systems is that it has an average rating of 4.8, so it would be considered a useful and safe option thanks to the fact that, of the 900 reviews it presents, the majority are positive.

Cybersecurity specialists are emphasizing this point as they have discovered that criminals are not only uploading infected apps but also creating hundreds of positive reviews with the intention of “hiding” better.

It was the SecneurX, Kaspersky and D3Lab companies that discovered the malware-infected apps. According to their reports, in most cases they are presented as free productivity tools but, once they have been installed on the phone, they are responsible for stealing user information from phone numbers to email addresses, passwords and even credit card data.

This is the list of apps you should beware of

  • Document Manager
  • Coin track Loan – Online loan (Préstamo online)
  • Cool Caller Screen
  • PSD Auth Protector
  • RGB Emoji Keyboard (Teclado con emojis RGB)
  • Camera Translator Pro (Camera Translator Pro)
  • Fast PDF Scanner (Fast PDF Scanner)
  • Air Balloon Wallpaper
  • Colorful Messenger
  • Thug Photo Editor (Photo Editor)
  • Anime Wallpaper
  • Peace SMS
  • Happy Photo Collage
  • Original Messenger
  • Pellet Messages
  • Smart Keyboard
  • Special Photo Editor
  • 4K Wallpapers

What to do if you have a malicious app?

Although according to the specialists it is unlikely that you have any of these apps on your device, if you recognize any of them you have to eliminate them.

To delete the app, go to the settings menu of your phone, enter the apps section to display all the ones you have downloaded, select the one you want and first click stop. Then select the delete option.

And so that you do not fall for scams and the chances of getting infected with malware through an app are minimal, follow the following tips from Kaspersky:

Only download apps from official stores. Although the mentioned apps were available in the Play Store, the chances of them having malware are much lower since the company has a series of technologies to evaluate them.

Please review the reviews of other users carefully. You may see hundreds of positive ones but if you find any negative ones you have to be alert, remember that cybercriminals create fake comments.

If after downloading an app you notice unusual behavior on your phone such as unexplained messages, overheating or opening pages without being asked, immediately delete the app and change all your passwords.

Install a security solution on your cell phone.

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Tags:

  • GDA
  • Malware
  • Android
  • Apps
  • data theft

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