Beware of Fake Android Apps

Privacy issues are major concerns of cell phone users, especially the smartphone users. With constant growth and innovation in cell phone technology, hackers have also brushed up their skills and have been persistent in penetrating PCs and smartphone with malicious malware including spy and tracking software. With bombardment of various cell phone spy software and cell phone tracking, smartphone users have come under attack from all quarters. Earlier, location was used for cell phone tracking; now the threat has increased to the private data, which is at mercy of hackers who can access through third party source. Users should also ensure that their mobile phones are not bugged with monitoring software, which is not a difficult task as apps can easily be installed in a remotely. The threat of dubious apps has increased manifold, like the fake Gmail Android app, which has victimized lot of Android users. Hackers have a ball accessing personal information of Android users, which can be retrieved for malicious activities.

Spying made easy

NQ mobile, a smartphone manufacturing company that uses OS platform, discovered the fake Gmail Android app. Once the malicious Gmail App is installed in the mobile phone, the personal data saved in the smartphone is easily accessible by the hacker. The fake app, DDSpy stealthily reaches your data and steals the important information. Through remote assistance, the hacker targets the data. The fake app is transferred to the cell phone through internet or text message. When the user receives a text message on their smartphone, then the hacker sends malware through them, which is then transferred into the gadget’s software, revealed in the investigation done by NQ Mobile.

Hackers have found different ways of sneaking into your private data. One of them include through text messages, where the hackers infect the smartphone with the help of Android spyware, collecting information from call logs to images and contact list. Other way hackers have found to inject spy software is through the internet. When the user receives an email with a malware or virus, then there are chances it will be transferred into the cell phone when opened.

Smartphone threats

The warning has come from NQ Mobile that the spyware is not only restricted to spying on you, but also have the ability to retrieve data from your cell phones. Once the spy software is injected inside the smartphone, it will be very easy for the hacker to extract all information. A spyware called DDSpy is included in the spy software that is threatening to smartphones. The fake apps work like a malware, which work stealthily to retrieve sensitive data from the cellphones. The best approach to minimize the threat of malware is to avoid clicking on dubious or suspicious links, even the ones that are present in Google Play. Moreover, it is strongly suggested that users should install efficient anti-virus apps in their smartphone to reduce the chances of malware attack.

Author Bio:

Natalia David has been a regular contributor as tech writer, expert for some time now. Her work regarding cell phone security software and cell phone tracking software(cell phone tracker) has received great appreciation from readers who turn to her to keep themselves updated with the latest happenings in tech world. You can also follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4

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