Google PlayStore is a great place for new mobile Android apps developers to get their products out there but unfortunately, not all of them have the best intentions. Some programs can collect data from your phone, share your personal information and even steal money from your bank account.
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This piece has a list of the most suspicious apps you may come across on Google play.
Battery savers & Fast charge apps
There are countless apps promising to extend battery life or make a smartphone charge faster. For example, there are apps like DU battery saver and fast charge. In fact, nothing, especially in an application, can change the speed of your gadget charging. They do nothing to help your phone’s battery work more effectively. What the really do is provide you with an endless stream of ads that appear even on your lock screen.
Programs from unknown developers. when hackers started stealing people’s data from their phones, mobile antiviruses naturally started popping up everywhere and that’s exactly when the hackers themselves got the bright idea to create their own antivirus apps which can steal user’s personal data and even completely block the fall. Check out what the fake antivirus called lopey is capable of. It aggressively displays advertisements that redirect the user to malicious Internet resources and as soon as these Web pages open, harmful files are automatically downloaded. It can also send, delete and reply to text messages. If that wasn’t enough, it is subscribed to different pay for services and you may wonder where your money is disappearing to and that’s not all. This demands that you uninstall these kinds of apps as soon as possible.
Know weather apps used to be really popular back in the day at least until it was discovered that some of them contain dangerous viruses. There was one case where a weather app had a Built-in Trojan that collected information from the user’s phone and sends it to the attackers. They were interested in credit card data. Surprisingly, over 5000 people downloaded the app, which besides showing them the forecast also stole data. That allowed the bag guys to avoid 2 step authentication and easily get access to banking information. Now that most smart devices come with preloaded with much more trustworthy weather apps, nobody really needs to download them anymore.
Apps like Clean Master are supposed to take care of your phone by clearing your cache and deleting unnecessary programs. But most phones today come with this function already build in which makes these apps essentially useless. They also drain the battery life. So Optimizes don’t make your phone system faster, they just slow it down and bring you ads as an added bonus.
Social Media Apps
These apps were also really prevalent at first but then started losing their popularity. The decline has nothing to do with hackers, it’s just that social media apps suck up so much of your device’s energy and kill the battery. Many Facebook users find the mobile version of the browser much easier to use than the official app. so how about giving that a try.
These answer exactly like what they sound browsers. They come factory installed on your device. They’re mostly slow-working and as you can guess not that popular in most cases. Built-in browsers open when you click a link which is pretty annoying if you ask me. But more serious than just inconvenience, unlike for example of Google Chrome these programs don’t have any protection from data interception.
Read More: Top 10 Android Apps of August 2019.
Browsers with additional features
This category includes browsers with special features like gaming and video streaming. These types of applications have two major downfalls. First of all the number of building ads is just ridiculous not only are these ads incredibly annoying but the also really slow your phone down. Secondly, these special browsers require access to most aspects of the system they can. Even manager calls, which as you know is unsafe. For example, UC browser which is the number one Web browser in India and China is supposed to have a fast mode that compresses data and saves you times of megabytes and usage. Trust me, it’s not as cool as it sounds because this browser is actually used for tracking as soon as you start using it. Your searches, IMEI and IMSI numbers, android ID and other information is directed to an Alli Baba analytics tool and your Geolocation down to the street name. All gets sent to an Alibaba mapping tool without any encryption. This all sounds really tacky and confusing just know that it’s extremely unsafe for you as the user.
Apps for increasing your phone’s memory
Apps that promise to increase the amount of ram on your device are optimizer and all they can actually do is clear the cache temporarily but remember we already mentioned that your phone can do this on its own. And one thing about ram is you won’t get more memory than your phone had initially plus these programs don’t just use up the resources you have, but also gladly collect your data.
These kinds of apps were created just for fun for now but maybe in the future, all phones will come with built-in biometric sensors that can read the subtle changes when someone answers random questions but until that day comes, we’re stuck with nothing. Today’s mobile lie detectors are about as useful as crystal balls or the device that fortune tellers use. Like any other app of this sort, they kill your battery plus they absolutely don’t need access to your contacts and personal data. So if you’ve downloaded a lie-detecting app and is trying to get this access to your contacts, delete it.
DE fragmentation apps
Apps that Defragment mobile devices were super popular right at their inception because they’re similar to the same programs on computers but a smartphone doesn’t have any hard drive for these apps to Defragment. They can only analyze how much space certain programs take up besides DE fragmentation apps also use your phone’s resources and can collect your personal data. Not worth it.
As you can probably guess from the name, this app lets you listen to the audio files you’ve saved on your device. However, even though the files are saved, the application still consumes tons of data since it’s full of ads. What’s more, it causes a massive drain of your battery.
Be extra careful with these types of phone apps. They claim to provide you with a Wi-Fi, hotspots speed boosters and analyzers free Wi-Fi keys, network protection and so on and so forth. However, if you don’t want these apps to get access to all your data, avoid them at all costs. A few examples of Wifi apps are master Wi-Fi key, free WI-fi pro, smart free WI-fi and free WI-fi connect.
Considering the huge number of apps created every single day, not even Google can keep track and check the safety of all the new programs. So the security of your device mostly depends on you. Now tell us in the comments below if you have any of these apps on your smartphone and whether you’re going to uninstall them. Remember to share this piece with your friends so that they don’t get into the trap of malicious apps.