If you’re constantly concerned about the security and privacy of your data while using your mobile phone, we’re worried that today will be another one those days.
It might be a good idea to sit back, take a deep breath and make sure your heart medication is up to date before moving on to the next paragraphs of this article or going through The latest Trend Micro report details the highly disturbing and decidedly harmful behavior of a new series of “more than” 200 applications that transmit a type of spyware known as the “Facestealer” to hundreds of thousands of Android devices.
In addition, the same cybersecurity software company caught “more than 40 fake cryptocurrency applications” in an act that tried (quite transparently) to steal hard-earned crypto money, as well as various other types of sensitive information, without any form user permission.
Here are just a few of the apps you should uninstall as soon as possible
- Daily fitness OL
- Enjoy Photo Editor
- Panoramic camera
- Photo game puzzle
- Swarm Photo
- Business meta manager
- Cryptomining Farm Your own Coin
If this list seems to you to be just a little shorter than the one you would expect to contain more than 240 titles, congratulations, your basic math skills are in order. Unfortunately, these are the only new applications that Trend Micro has explicitly named and embarrassed, which are basically offered as general examples of titles that you should basically stay away from.
The good news is that all seven of these malware-transmitting applications, as well as titles that weren’t published in this report, were immediately kicked out of the Play Store as soon as Google was informed of their true intentions and potential for data theft.
The bad news is that it doesn’t address a clear privacy violation for all Android users who installed these apps before this release. In addition to deleting all the culprits from the list above that you may find on your phone, it is probably wise to change your Facebook password and any other login details for other favorite applications and services that you may have stored on your device when using these applications. Pronto!
What to look out for in the future
Unfortunately, this is not a reliable solution to this particular disaster or similar security risks Joker’s expanded campaigns, as evidenced by a solid 4.5-star average Photo Gaming Puzzle and Swarm Photo, or a decent score of 4.1 with Enjoy Photo Editor, a malicious application that managed to exceed 100,000 installations before leaving the Play Store.
It’s probably a good idea to stay away from superficial or unpopular VPN, camera, and photo applications.
Of course, there are plenty of “photo editors” for Android with even higher user ratings and installations, and even if you want to be “original” and trend-proof, it’s generally safer to choose mobile tools and services. verified and praised by as many people as possible.
This means if you want to keep your Facebook credentials secret from bad actors who could use them in a variety of dubious ways, including trying to break into other applications and services that share the same password, steal even more information, and then sell it. to the highest bid.
When it comes to fake applications for cryptocurrency mining, our general advice is even easier to follow. You should never, never, never, at all trust any such platform (especially one with an unverified and unverifiable record) with your cryptocurrencies even worth one dollar, otherwise you risk losing … everything in your wallet.