How safe is the Google Play store?
Google’s most important store for Android phones, Google Play, is one of the virtual stores that has the most interaction and downloads compared to other application download stores, reaching its maximum of 315 million downloads per day.
The company has always shown in recent years the figures of downloads, payment methods, and of course, improvements to the service of the Google Play store to always keep it safe, although … apparently in recent years Google Play has made an effort more in the security of your store, but … Why?
According to the latest data, users have downloaded thousands of malicious apps that have compromised their data, this includes: text messages, credentials, photos, videos, personal files and emails. An example of this problem that has Google Play developers in check was that they found the Adware “SimBad” in more than 200 applications in the store, this, combined with more than 150 million downloads that were made through of these applications.
This combination of problems brought with it malicious apps of all kinds, ranging from malware that has the ability to steal all information on the device, to malware capable of controlling the device through ads or overlapping windows as a form of phishing attack. The most worrying thing about these malware is that most completely evade antivirus detection, including code obfuscation.
What can I do if my phone gets infected with one of these malicious applications?
To address this situation, we must take preventive measures when downloading an application on our phone, such as having an antivirus system installed on our smartphone that detects these malicious malware in time.
If you do not have an antivirus to protect you and you suspect that you have this type of application on your phone, follow these steps:
- Go to the application manager option on your phone and uninstall the application that is infected.
- Check your credit card account movements to see if this malware used your bank details for other purposes.
- Install an antivirus on your phone that can prevent these future infections.
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