Mobile devices have countless uses, all of which enable users to get the most out of them. But what if all of your efforts at finding the best applications for the job are wasted on finding a fraudulent app on the Google Play Store? Believe it or not, the Google Play Store has its fair share of malware available for download in all types of disguises. Here are a few tips to help you avoid installing them in the first place.
You might be wondering how it’s even possible that Google’s quality control manages to miss so many of these apps. Here’s how.
How These Apps Make it to the Play Store It’s clear that Google understands just how important security is, so it’s a bit concerning that malware can find its way to the Play Store. Still, this doesn’t mean that it’s easy for threats to do so, as hackers still have to meet Google’s standards in order to post their content on it. Malware developers, however, have found ways to sneak their apps past the automated security that Google implements. They do this by uploading an app that initially has no malicious intent, and can therefore circumvent the security of the Play Store. Once the app has been downloaded, it reaches out to a third-party server that then proceeds to install malware directly to the device. This is the process that many malicious applications use to sneak past Google’s security.
How to Spot the Fakes Google has taken a stand against malicious and fraudulent apps on the Play Store, but measures like Google Play Protect aren’t nearly enough. Vigilance is one of the best ways to keep your business secure from fake apps. If you ever find yourself needing to install an app in the future, be sure to check this list to make sure that the app is actually legitimate first.
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