Google Play Store has millions of Android apps but, Are all of them safe? The question is worth asking after a report in Business Insider revealed that few Trojan apps have been stealing user’s data. Around 9 such apps have been identified in new research by Doctor Web, a security firm.
Read further to get the full list of those apps.
All these hacking apps have more than one million downloads worldwide which can trick new users alluring them to download. Most of them are photo editing apps with impressive features.
Here’s a list of those Android apps and how they tricked a million users and stole their passwords.
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1. App Lock Keep
2. Inwell Fitness
3. App Lock Manager
4. Rubbish Cleaner
5. Processing Photo
6. PIP Photo
7. Horoscope Daily
8. Horoscope Pi
9. Lockit Master
How Did They Steal Data?
These were the 9 trojan apps that promise to give interesting features like editing photos, daily horoscope, and more. However, they ask for registration after download to use all the features of premium versions.
To get more features, users are asked for login ids. This also allows users to get rid of in-app advertisements. But that’s the trick, read the explanation here.
• The app’s server launches a web page in WebView with your credentials of Facebook.
In addition to this, user’s cookies are also stolen through this process. The data is then traded with cybercriminals.
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After noticing the suspicious behavior and reports by Doctor Web, Google has taken strict action against all the 9 hacking Apps. Now, neither the apps will be available on the Play store nor their developers can upload any newly developed apps.
Those who already have these apps are advised to change their credentials and uninstall the apps from the device. But, does it mean all apps on Google Play Store are safe?
Maybe but this latest report is not at all indicating the same. Risk is always there therefore users should never download any random application from the play store.