Never Ever Download Android Apps Outside of Google Play
Are you downloading Apps and other stuff from websites? then be careful, they are stealing your information and stealing user data as part of a scheme to boost ad revenue. Called “Gooligan,” it got into those devices the way so many of these large-scale Android attacks do through an app.
Once downloaded, these apps may even seem normal (if a little janky) but they can spread, a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid, or types of malware that exploit system vulnerabilities to steal data or take over a whole device.
Don’t want this drama on your phone? The key to protecting yourself is staying away from these app stores, and only downloading software from Google Play.
Google carefully make the critical examination of the products in Play to make sure they’re safe. Rotten apps do slip through on occasion, but the company is fairly quick at removing anything problematic. “Google Play automatically scans for potentially malicious apps as well as spammy accounts before they are published on the Google Play Store.”
How to recognise a fake app
First of all, know the developers of your favourite apps. Do a little research on the apps you’re getting ready to download. Two examples of why this is important come from apps that have been known to have fake versions. The first is Rovio Entertainment LTD’s Angry Birds. If you haven’t played it, it’s a fun, and relatively addicting game where you shoot various types of birds out of a slingshot and try to defeat an “army” of evil pigs. However, multiple fake versions had made there. A lot of these had intrusive ads pop up and were constantly trying to get you to enter your personal information. Seeing this alone should make people wary of what it is they’re downloading.