It’s Not Safe on Google Play, Where Fake Mobile Antivirus Apps Are Available for Download

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You might think you're keeping the attacks of cybercriminals at bay by downloading an antivirus program for your mobile, but they're actually one step ahead of you on this one. And that's because instead of going after you, they're making you come to them by concealing their viruses inside fake antivirus mobile apps.

Researchers from security firm AegisLab made the discovery recently when they looked through Google's Play marketplace and found a number of fake and infected antivirus apps.

It's unfortunate, considering that the apps are actually available for download from an official application store.

Developer thasnimola [has issued] 15+ Apps (including fake AV and fake free SMS) in Google Play again! The developer uses webkit-Appsgeyser to generate fake apps automatically.

-- Aegislab

Here are some important things to remember when it comes to downloading apps: only download applications from known and trusted publishers and avoid secondary app marketplaces at all costs.

Article by Hazel Chua
Gigadgetry: Cool Gadgets, Tech News, Quirky Devices

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