There are literally millions of apps on the Google Play Store. But not all of these apps are useful or provide any value. In fact, some of these apps are actually a threat to your phone’s privacy and security.
While Google has its own security filters for its app store, there are many cases of dodgy apps making it onto the storefront and being downloaded by users.
So what are some of the warning signs that an app might not be what it says it is? Here are a few things to look out for…
Bad user reviews
Overwhelmingly bad reviews and ratings are always a reason to stay away from an app in terms of quality. But they can also be a sign that an app doesn’t do what it claims to do.
When downloading an app, look at its user reviews for any red flags. If users claim the app causes their phones to malfunction or loads malware onto their device, it’s better to stay away from it.
Too many requested permissions
The permissions an app asks for can also be a sign of whether it is trustworthy or not. Always take a look at what permissions the app wants versus the app’s features.
For example, a flashlight app shouldn’t request access to your call logs, your microphone or any sensitive data. In the past, flashlight apps that actually carried malware and spyware requested these types of permissions to record user activity.
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