Although it may be common knowledge, it’s best to still point out how unsafe it is to download apps from suspicious links and unsecured websites, with the inclusion of third-party app stores.
They do not only expose your devices to virus attacks but also increases the likelihood of a potential cybersecurity breach.
While Google Play Store and Apple App Store may have the statistics that back up the credibility of their apps, both companies are still susceptible to the scrupulous activities of malicious app developers.
Several apps downloaded from app stores or advert links also expose phone users to virus attacks.
Below are a few guidelines to help detect malicious apps.
• Be Wary of Apps with incessant pop-ups: In as much as several free or trial versions of genuine apps usually include multiple ads and pop-ups, it is best for gadget users to be conscious of the nature of these pop-ups and their frequency. Some apps bring along certain adware that has the capacity to lock users out of their phones.
• Look out for App Verification before downloading: The verification process is usually done prior to an application going live on the app store. Android and iPhone users can tell the status of an app verification with security notifications and callouts during download like “Verified by Play Protect”.
• Get a Security Software for your Mobile Device or Computer: Security software and Antivirus application put a level of defense against the activities of malware on any device.
They have the capacity to screen through the activities of mobile devices and computers to detect any potential security threat in an app, software, or internet activity.
• Read through the App Description: A poorly written app description can be flagged as suspicious and, where there is not one, such an app should be totally avoided. Other pointers to watch out for in the app description include the download statistics and user reviews.