These 8 Android Malware Apps Are Out To Suck Your Data And Money: Follow These Steps To Avoid Them

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The Joker malware is one nasty piece of malware that for years has been slipping into the Google Play Store despite the efforts of Google to keep it out it. This malware has many tricks that it uses to circumvent its way onto Android smartphones and even the Google Play Store.

The latest discovery which was made by Quick Heal Security Labs, contained 8 Android apps from the Google Play Store infected with the Joker malware. 

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The malware through these apps can in turn steal data such as device information, contact lists, SMS messages, and even silently sign up victims to expensive paid subscriptions without their consent as well as creating other problems.

The infected apps are: 

  • Auxiliary Message
  • Fast Magic SMS
  • Free Cam Scanner
  • Super Message
  • Element Scanner
  • Go Messages
  • Travel Wallpapers
  • Super SMS
Google has kicked the apps from the Google Play Store after they were brought to the Internet giant's attention. Though the Google Play Store is now safer, we can't say the same for Android smartphones that have installed the apps, or those that might install them sometime in the future from a third-party store given that they are still in the wild.

Here are some tips to stay safe:
  • Download apps only from trusted sources like Google Play Store.
  • Read the pop-up messages you get from the Android system before accepting/allowing any new permissions.
  • While sometimes reviews and ratings can be faked, still ensure to read and check the section with a low rating.
  • Avoid installing apps from third-party stores, links from SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.
  • Turn off installation from the unknown source option.
  • Regularly use a trusted antivirus tool to scan your Android for malware and other threats.
  • Stay away from apps that lack any sort of reputation, especially categories in messaging, scanner, wallpaper, etc, since these categories are frequented by hackers
You can also check out our comprehensive guide on how to spot fake apps in the Google Play Store to keep you safe from malware.

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