The Google virtual store took down some apps that had hosted a virus that attacks in search of financial data of its victims.
At this time, when the internet is at its peak, there is no doubt that this technology can be seen as a representation of society, including its security problems. In practice, since its inception, the site has been plagued by malware files and attempts to steal important information that harms Internet users.
By stealing passwords or other personal data, these 'network thieves' mainly try to obtain financial benefits from their tricks. An example of this is ' Joker, 'a malware that for some years has caused all kinds of havoc to users of the Google operating system: Android.
Thus, there have been several seasons in which the Play Store has denounced the appearance of applications whose only function has been to host 'Joker' under a facade of help. Well, after almost a year without knowing about this malware, once again, Google reported a new appearance, this time in eight applications of its virtual store.
According to information obtained from the special portal Computer Hawaii, the Play Store discovered that for several months, the 'Joker' has managed to escape from Google's security system by staying in the following apps.
Support Message, Fast Magic SMS, FreeCam Scanner, Super Message, Element Scanner, Go Messages, Travel Wallpapers, and Super SMS.
What is malware?
It should be noted that malware is a combination of "malicious" (bad) and "software" (equipment).
In most cases, the malware reaches devices by downloading applications that have been infected since their manufacture. In others, they can also come in text files like PDF or Word or compressed like RAR. Although they are difficult to detect, one of the main signs is the loss of speed in the device, leading to the loss of total control of the mobile.
Regarding its operation, the system is simple: the virus grants control of the device to another that can remotely access all the information stored in it.
Recommendations to avoid malware
Fortunately, as soon as Google became aware of the presence of this virus in its software, it decided to remove the infected applications. However, users who have installed apps on their smartphones before debugging through the Play Store must delete the APK to avoid any privacy breaches.
It should be noted that before installing the application, it is important to always check the number of these stores in the Play Store, in addition to the other users have also published their experience while using the app. Likewise, it is recommended not to install applications external to those that live in the Google store.
Likewise, it is important to have an antivirus that provides complete and real-time protection to the phone. In these cases, applications such as Avast Mobile Security, Kaspersky, or Esetnod32 usually work optimally on any Android device.
Also, if you have options to pay for the premium version of these antiviruses (which would be ideal), it would have anti-phishing features that launch an alert the moment it detects that one page is impersonating another.