Google has banned 10 popular apps due to their malicious nature. These are extremely dangerous and can cause immense damage and loss to innocent users. Check if your smartphone has any of these apps. If you do, delete them now.
All the Android apps that you see available on the Google Play Store need to pass through several security checks to go online before they are made available for download by users. However, sometimes these malicious apps somehow manage to escape these security checks to be listed on the Google Play Store where many users download them thinking they are useful. And surprisingly, they rack up a huge number of downloads too! But sometimes these dangerous apps are exposed and Google Play Store removes them to ensure more people are not caught in their web. Now, it has been revealed that Google banned 10 popular Android apps from the Play Store that had more than 60 million downloads! That means a huge number of people have these dangerous apps on their smartphones.
According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Google has removed these 10 Android apps from the Play Store due to their dangerous nature which can steal user’s data. These online fraudsters aim to get access to data on a large scale. According to the recort, these malicious apps were able to share the exact location of the users to hackers. Moreover, these apps have the potential to get access to emails, contact numbers, even passwords.
How hackers used these banned apps to steal users’ data?
These data-stealing Android apps were used as a tool by hackers to get access to smartphones of all those who downloaded these apps. Hackers employed the data theft via these apps through the ‘cut and paste’ method. Basically, whenever a user copy-pasted an OTP, password or any other details, the hackers were able to steal the details through these apps from the device. The report also mentioned that these apps were able to help the fraudster to get access to the downloaded files on WhatsApp.
Because of their dangerous nature, Google decided to ban these apps from the Play Store. However, if any of these malicious apps are downloaded on your smartphone, then it is advised to delete them immediately due to security reasons. Here’s the full list of these malicious apps banned from Google Play Store:
1. Speed Radar Camera
2. AI-Moazin Lite (Prayer times)
3. Wi-Fi Mouse (Remote Control PC)
4. QR & Barcode Scanner (Developed by AppSource Hub)
5. Qibla Compass – Ramadan 2022
6. Simple Weather & Clock Widget (Developed by Difer)
7. Handcent Next SMS- Text With MMS
8. Smart kit 360
9. Full Quran MP3-50 Languages & Translation Audio
10. Audiosdroid Audio Studio DAW
Android users should note that in addition to uninstalling these above-mentioned apps from your device, you must erase all the apps related data from your smartphone.