Google Play Store: Cybercriminals keep experimenting on several techniques to install malware with the help of Apps on Google Play Store. Cybercriminals have been seen pushing malicious apps on Google Play Store to spread malware into the android devices. Some of these apps include file managers, music apps, games, video players, photo editing apps and call recording apps. Check out more details below.
Google Play Store stores more than three million apps on its android app store. Most of the apps available on Google Play gets timely updates and security patches. Cybercriminals have found a way to make use of these timely updates for malicious activities Check out how Cybercriminals post malicious apps on Google Play Store below.
How Malicious Apps are Posted on Google Play?
Threat actors create bogus developer accounts to post apps on Google Play Store. Then, they publish almost non-recognizable apps performing simple tasks with no malware codes into them to pass through the Google’s security checks. When, a huge number of people download these apps into their device, they push a malicious updates for the apps to access all the private information of the user.
How to Stay Safe?
- Check details about the app and its developers before installing from Play Store.
- Avoid downloading apps unnecessarily or just for the reason that they have good ratings on app store.
- Avoid sideloading apps from sources other than Google Play Store.
- Avoid downloading apps that are not verified by Google Play Protect.