Android apps banned: 25 more apps you need to delete from your phone in July
Back in May 2020, Google removed a massive 50 apps from the Play Store over fears the software could compromise user security, install unwanted adware on your phone and leave you vulnerable to reams and reams of spam.
Now, just weeks after the initial wave of bans hit the Play Store, 25 more apps have been identified as a potential threat – and this new set of malicious apps may even have the potential to hack your Facebook account.
According to ZDNet, the latest set of dodgy apps poses a particularly bad risk to Android users because they’re able to target users of Facebook with personal information that;’s stolen by hackers from social network accounts.
The apps offer a service to the user, coerce them into downloading, and then exploit vulnerabilities to steal personal data from your phone.
French cyber-security firm Evina made the discovery, and reported how the apps manage to start pilfering your data once you’ve installed them.
The apps activate code that remains dormant in your handset until you open Facebook, at which point it opens its own screen over the Facebook app, trying to get you to enter your personal information into a false login window.
Even the most eagle-eyed user may not notice the false Facebook screen because of how well copied it is in the malicious app.
Lionel Ferri, Evina CTO stated: “It’s a fraudulent technique that points out the danger and reflects how important it is to protect yourself. It can not be identified by Facebook as the malware displays in front of the legit app when it is launched”.
Google notes it has removed the apps from the Play Store after verifying the French security firm’s findings.
However, it’s worth noting that the apps were available on the Play Store for over 12 months, and there were over 2.3 million registered downloads and installs of the software.
Though the apps (listed below) are no longer available on the Play Store, it’s worth searching your handset to see if they’ve been installed over the past year.
Delete them immediately if you find them, and for an added layer of security you may want to go and change your Facebook password and add two-factor authentication to your account, too.
The dangerous apps are:
• Super Wallpapers Flashlight
• Wallpaper Level
• Contour Level wallpaper
• iPlayer & iWallpaper
• Video Maker
• Color Wallpapers
• Powerful Flashlight
• Super Bright Flashlight
• Super Flashlight
• Solitare Game
• Accurate scanning of QR code
• Classic card game
• Junk file cleaning
• Synthetic Z
• File Manager
• Composite Z
• Screenshot Capture
• Daily Horoscope Wallpapers
• Wuxia Reader
• Plus Weather
• Anime Live Wallpaper
• Health Step Counter