Malicious apps on Google Play - Don't download these

Malicious apps try to steal a lot of data from your phone, threatening the victim’s money. One of the best ways to protect yourself against this kind of threat is by using an antivirus tool on your phone and computer.

Malicious apps on Google Play - Don't download these
Malicious apps on Google Play Good app reviews are no guarantee of security.

THE OFFICIAL STORE FOR GOOGLE’S Android apps, Google Play, is still not immune to malware. This is evidenced by the latest list of malware found in the store, compiled by Phone Arena from various sources.

Among the latest applications are at least three that have been downloaded tens of thousands of times. In total, more than 100,000 downloads have been accumulated.

Recently found Malware:

  • Document Manager
  • Coin track Loan - Online loan
  • Cool Caller Screen
  • PSD Auth Protector
  • RGB Emoji Keyboard
  • Camera Translator Pro

These spread malware that steals phone numbers, email addresses, passwords, and credit card information from your phone, among other things. According to Phone Arena, the villains aim to do as much personal and financial damage as possible without the victim even noticing anything.
The apps were no longer found on Play when IS Digitoday searched for them on Tuesday. However, they may still wreak havoc on the phones on which they are installed. In many cases, however, Google has already removed the app from your device automatically.

However, there is no immediate cause for concern if your phone has an application with a similar name. For example, there are several applications on Google Play called Document Manager, and not all of them are harmful.

EVALUATE the reliability of applications with multiple metrics before downloading. For example, reviews may have been falsified, and sometimes even a malicious application may be well-loaded. See what else the same developer has previously published.

If you suspect your money has been compromised by any scam, always contact your bank first. The time window for saving money can be really small.

Instructions compiled by IS against online scams

  1. Do not go to the online service via a search engine or, for example, an online link in an e-mail or text message.
  2. Look for suspicious details in emails or text messages, such as misspelled domains, misspellings, incorrect dates, and other incorrect information.
  3. Enter the address yourself in the address bar of your browser and make sure it is free of typos. Save the address in your browser bookmarks. This will prevent you from tapping it next time.
  4. If possible, use the official mobile app instead of the web service in your browser. For example, banks and the Suomi. fi service as such.
  5. Keep the logos private and do not enter them into a site that you cannot verify.
  6. Do not open attachments sent on behalf of a bank or other party, but call the designated party's customer service to verify their authenticity.
  7. If someone unexpectedly asks you to install software on your device, don't do so. Use only the official app store on your mobile device.
  8. Don’t confirm events that you don’t recognize and know you’re doing right now. Always read the confirmation requests carefully, paying particular attention to the amount of money to be transferred - if something doesn't match, don't confirm anything.
  9. If you suspect that your online banking credentials have fallen into the wrong hands, please call your bank to close your credentials immediately. Only report the crime to the police after that. This way, you maximize your chances of getting your money back.
  10. Warn your acquaintances about the scam, even if you haven’t been a victim yourself. If you are, your name may have sent scams to contacts in your email, for example.