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Threats in the Internet - fake applications

17-09-2021

Mobile phones have made a huge progress. First mobiles had several basic features in addition to the ability to make voice calls and send short and simple text messages. And now, for many of us, these devices replace computers in our everyday lives. Along with their development, the range of risks that threaten their users has also expanded.

Cybercriminals can adapt very quickly to the current realities, so today, infecting your phone with malware is just as common as infecting computers. That is why, in this article, we will try to show you what to look for when installing applications on your phone.

Android

For Android smartphones, the first thing you need to remember is never to install apps outside of Google Play Store. By default, the system blocks attempts to install apps from outside the Store, but the user can disable this option in the settings (which we do not recommend, of course). If someone is trying to persuade us to turn off this option on our phone, we should be suspicious as to the intentions of that person.

Unfortunately, it quite often happens that Play Store contains apps that are in fact malicious software. Sometimes scammers try to make such applications similar to popular apps downloaded by users (e.g. WhatsApp), sometimes they hide malicious activity under app features visible for users. That is why, when downloading apps from the Store to your smartphone, it is a good idea to first see how many downloads the app has, check the name of the developer who made it available at the Store, read reviews. First of all, we should always verify the permissions that the app would want to have on our device. If any of the above things raises our doubts, reconsider installing it.

iOS

In the case of the App Store, malware is a much less frequent phenomenon. For Apple phones, it is also not possible to install apps from outside the store.