Beware of Fake Apps! Know more about them and how to stay safe

Malicious Apps!? Yes, they could be on your phone!

Google has recently started banning quite a lot of apps from Google Play Store. Studies have found that unused apps can track and use your data even when you have never opened or used them. So it is advised to delete them. Android users must be extremely careful while using and downloading apps as there are many fake apps that could use your data and track them while also tricking users into investing or spending money without anything in return. 

Here’s a list of the banned apps and similar apps that you must be careful of. 

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Google bans more than 100 apps on Play Store

Google has banned over 100 apps from Play Store. The apps may not be available in Google Play Store but you may find them in third-party app stores that may not be very safe.

The users may want to take note that these apps are harmful and will use your data to track you and for other purposes. They can trick you and steal your money without even your consent or knowledge. These apps look very regular and some of these apps come pre-installed on your phone. Please check your phones and make sure to keep your phone away from any malicious apps.

Some of the apps that got banned by Google are –

  • Handy Translator Pro
  • Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker
  • Geospot: GPS Location Tracker
  • iCare – Find Location
  • My Chat Translator
  • Slime Simulator
  • Scanner App Scan Docs & Notes
  • Chat Translator All Messengers
  • Hunt Contact
  • Icony
  • Horoscope : Fortune
  • Fitness Point
  • Qibla AR Pro
  • Heart Rate and Meal Tracker
  • Mine Easy Translator
  • PhoneControl Block Spam Calls
  • Parallax paper 3D
  • SnapLens – Photo Translator
  • Qibla Pass Direction
  • Caller-x, Clap
  • Photo Effect Pro
  • iConnected Tracker
  • Smart Call Recorder
  • Daily Horoscope & Life Palmestry
  • Qibla Compass (Kaaba Locator)
  • Prookie-Cartoon Photo Editor
  • Qibla Ultimate, Truck – RoudDrive Offroad
  • GPS Phone Tracker – Family Locator
  • Call Recorder iCall and many more

How to be safe from malicious apps?

Most of the fake apps online are very convincing, they look very real and safe. Although, users must always keep in mind to cross-check or learn about an app before downloading it. 

  • Read the name of the app and check for the reviews. A hoax app is most likely to have factual errors in them.
  • While reading, also make sure that there are no grammatical mistakes that may look suspicious. 
  • Too many five stars and no bad rating can also be suspicious. Make sure to read up on them thoroughly.

Cryptocurrency mining app

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Previously in the last few months, Google had banned a few fake cryptocurrency mining apps that promised and reassured its users that they will be able to make profits by investing money. The apps were

  • BitFunds – Crypto Cloud Mining
  • Bitcoin Miner – Cloud Mining
  • Bitcoin (BTC) – Pool Mining Cloud Wallet
  • Crypto Holic – Bitcoin Cloud Mining
  • Daily Bitcoin Rewards – Cloud Based Mining System
  • Bitcoin 2021, MineBit Pro – Crypto Cloud Mining
  • BTC miner, and Ethereum (ETH) – Pool Mining Cloud

Some of these mentioned apps needed to be purchased by the users. Although these apps have been banned, there are still more than 100 fake cryptocurrency mining apps. Here’s how can determine and decide for yourself if the app’s fake.

How to determine if the cryptocurrency mining app is fake?

There are a few things that you should know when it comes to cryptocurrency mining app. 

  • A wrong or a fake wallet address. Try entering an invalid wallet address and see if the app accepts the wrong wallet address. If the app has accepted the wrong wallet address and starts to perform follow-up operations. This app could totally be a fake cryptocurrency mining app.
  • Be sure to learn about the withdrawal fee. Usually, a handling fee is required for a cryptocurrency transfer which is mostly high. Therefore, if there are any apps that promise a free withdrawal fee, the app is most likely to be a fake one. 
  • When downloading any app, make sure to read the reviews. The fake apps will have many 5-star reviews. The key here is not to pay attention to the 5-star reviews but the 1-star ones. Read the reviews carefully and keep in mind that most of the fake apps have multiple 5-star reviews. 

Conclusion:

While these fakes are prominent and are found everywhere, a simple preliminary check can help avoid having to deal with them. Make sure that you are not enticed by too-good-to-be-true offers. Also, make sure you don’t download third-party apps from suspicious websites, stick to good-rated Apps from certified websites or the Play store only.

Stay Safe!

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