CYBER EXPERTS have uncovered the ominous warning signs of a ‘malicious’ app.
Fake apps pretending to be more popular downloads can be extremely dangerous – so you need to know how to spot them.
Criminals create fake apps to install dangerous “malware” on your device.
This could be used to steal your money or enough personal information to scam or blackmail you.
Now, cyber experts at security giant McAfee have warned of three key signs an app is fake – and potentially dangerous.
“Fake apps have become a widespread problem for Android and iPhone users alike,” McAfee’s cyber experts warned.
“This is mainly due in part to malicious apps hiding in legitimate sources such as the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
“After users download a faulty app, cybercriminals deploy malware that runs in the background of mobile devices, making it difficult for users to detect that something is wrong.”
“And while users think they’ve just downloaded another 080s app, the malware is hard at work getting personal information.”
There are three types of apps that you should delete immediately.
The first is an app that is full of typos or bad grammar.
This can be one of the first signs that an app is “malicious” and “fake”.
“Always check the app developer’s name, product title, and description for typos and grammatical errors,” McAfee’s cyber experts explained.
“Frequently, malicious developers will spoof real developer IDs, even with a single letter or number, to appear legitimate.”
The second type of apps are apps with a very low number of downloads.
With new apps, that wouldn’t actually be a problem.
But if you download something like WhatsApp and it only has 12 installs, bad times are in store for you.
“If you’re trying to download a popular app and there’s surprisingly little downloading, that’s a good indicator that the app is most likely a fake,” McAfee warned.
Finally, you should consider deleting or avoiding an app with terrible reviews.
This is often a very clear sign that an app you are downloading is a malicious fake.
“With malicious apps, user ratings are your friend,” McAfee said.
“Reading a few will give you vital information that can help you determine if the app is fake or not.”