Mobile security alert as apps surpass security settings to spread malware

A research carried out by Cybersecurity researchers from Trend Micro has revealed some astonishing results. Some apps in disguise of cleaning software and malware cleaners are stealing data like password and banking records from phones and are transmitting it to remote servers intending to misuse it later.

Apps like “Super Cleaner”, “Malware eraser” and “Quick Game Centers” have decent names that look trustworthy. But when probed deep are found to be accessing and modifying files inside the device by disabling the operations of Google Play Protect.

Investigations have revealed that the apps work fine when they are downloaded from the play store. But after 72 hours they start downloading additional malware and access persona details on social media accounts and from mobile-wallets.

Trend Micro research says that these apps not only consume data but also collapse internal phone memory by freezing the apps and the phone. Some apps are also found to be promoting phishing sites simulating data entry from the victim which can later turn the tables against the victims.

So, what’s the escape plan from such malware-ridden apps..? Well, Trend Micro researchers suggest that most such troubles can be warded off by using a renowned anti-virus solution/anti-malware solution, downloading apps from only the Android Play Store, keeping the phone security updates perfect, and staying away from malicious links.

Trend Micro, McAfee, Kaspersky can prove as perfect mobile security solutions in such circumstances.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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