Once the app containing the malicious code is installed, it secretly takes selfies using victim’s frontal camera & makes way for extorting money. Tips to Protect Your Android Smartphone from such apps.
The increase in apps or applications in a Mobile App store also means increase in the number of malicious apps with viruses. For instance in recent weeks, an app named ‘Adult Player’ on Google Play store, is found to have infected many Android smartphones or Android devices.
According to a recent eScan report, a new Mobile malware has been discovered which extorts money from users who have downloaded the app. However, this malicious app has already been removed from Google Play at the time of filing this report.
Once the app is installed, it secretly takes selfies using victim’s frontal camera without his/ her knowledge. Once the malicious app completes the process of taking photos, sensitive information such as victim’s mobile number and operating system; they are transferred to the remote servers belonging to the developers of this app. If the response is successful, victim’s phone gets locked and displays a demand for ransom amount of $500 to be paid by PayPal. the equivalent of USD 500 in Indian Rupees is approx. 30,000.
Tips to Protect Your Android Smartphone from getting infected by such malicious apps :
- Accept that there are Malware (bad Software) apps on Google Play Store.
- Use a trustworthy antivirus on your Android phone and update it regularly. It can be any antivirus such as eScan etc. If you have paid for your anti-virus then you can call it trust-worthy.
- Always download apps only from their official website or Google Play Store, after checking or verifying.
- Download applications of a reliable app developer. In addition to it check the user ratings, reviews of the app.
- If a free app appears too good to resist, then better not to install it.
- If an app is too impulsive, then better not to install it. The apps with some Adult content come in this category.
- Backup your device on day to day basis.
- Install or buy only those apps which you actually use. Don’t pack your Android smartphone with apps.