If you tend to constantly worry about the security and privacy of your data while using your mobile phone, we fear that today is yet another these days
It may be a good idea to sit down, take a deep breath, and make sure your heart medications are up to date before moving on to the next paragraphs of this article or browsing the latest Trend Micro report
detailing the highly intrusive and decidedly malicious behavior of a new batch of “over” 200 apps carrying a type of spyware known as “Facestealer” into hundreds of thousands of Android devices.
On top of that, the same cybersecurity software company caught “over 40 fake cryptocurrency mining apps” in the act as they (quite transparently) attempted to steal hard-earned crypto money from people. people, as well as various other types of sensitive information without any form of user permission.
Here are some of the apps you should uninstall as soon as possible
- Daily Fitness OL
- Enjoy photo editor
- Panoramic camera
- Picture game puzzle
- Swarm photo
- Enterprise meta-manager
- Cryptomining Farm Your Own Coin
If this list seems a bit shorter than you’d expect to include over 240 titles, congratulations, your basic math skills are on point. Kidding aside, these are unfortunately the only explicitly named and shameful new apps by Trend Micro, which are essentially offered as general examples of titles that you should avoid in principle.
The good news is that these seven malware-carrying apps, along with the titles not made public in this report, were quickly kicked out of the Play Store as soon as Google became aware of their true intentions and data-stealing capabilities.
The bad news is that this doesn’t solve the obvious privacy breach issue for all Android users who installed these apps prior to this disclosure. In addition to removing any culprits from the list above that you can find on your phone, it’s probably wise to change your Facebook password and any other login credentials for other popular apps and services you might have. stored on your device while using these applications. Soon!
What to pay attention to moving forward
Unfortunately, this is not a foolproof solution to this particular plague or similar security risks like widespread Joker campaigns
as evidenced by the solid 4.5-star average of Photo Gaming Puzzle and Swarm Photo or the decent 4.1 score of Enjoy Photo Editor, a rogue application that managed to break the 100,000 install barrier before leaving the Play store.
It’s probably a good idea to stay away from sketchy or unpopular VPN, camera, and photo-editing apps.
Of course, there are plenty of Android “photo editors” with even higher user ratings and higher install numbers, and even if you’d like to be “original” and defy trends, it’s generally safer opt for mobile tools and services. verified and acclaimed by the greatest number.
That is, if you like to keep your Facebook credentials secret from bad actors who could use them in all sorts of shady ways, including trying to break into other apps and services that share the same password to steal again more information and then sell it. To the best offer.
When it comes to fake cryptocurrency mining apps, our general tips are even easier to follow. You should never, never, never, already trust such a platform (especially one with an unverified and unverifiable track record) with even a dollar’s worth of your crypto or you risk losing…everything in your wallet.