Google has just recently banned 25 apps from Play Store after a cybersecurity firm Evina alerted the search engine giant of the malicious apps lying in the app store in the guise of popularity and usefulness.
According to Gadgets Now, the apps have malware that would silently absorb sensitive data like Facebook login details when used from your phones.
Gadgets Now also noted that the apps collectively had over 2 million downloads and most of the apps offered services like file manager, wallpaper manager, screenshot editor, flashlights, weather app with a few games like Solitaire. Chances are that you might have one of them installed.
25 apps that you should immediately delete are
These are the apps that Google just banned:
Super wallpaper flashlights, Padenatef, Wallpaper level, Contour level wallpaper, iPlayer and iWallpaper Video maker, Colour wallpaper, Pedometer, Powerful flashlight, Super bright flashlight, Super flashlight, Solitaire game, Accurate scanning of QR code, Classic card game, Junk file cleaning, Synthetic z, Compozit z, File manager, Screenshot capture, Daily horoscope wallpaper, Wuxia Reader, Plus Weather, Anime Live Wallpaper, iHealth step counter and Com.tyapp.fiction.
If you have any of the apps installed in your phone, it is highly advised to uninstall them as soon as possible. Just make sure to delete the user data or deactivate the account or whatever deactivation possible in the apps, before deleting/uninstalling them.
59 Chinese apps down
Just recently the Government of India banned 59 Chinese apps from the Indian Play Store citing the apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India defense of India security of the state and public order.”
The apps including TikTok and CamScanner were available in play store for sometime after the ban was enacted, and have been recently pulled down by Apple and Google from App Store and Play Store respectively, as per India’s notification.
“While we continue to review the interim orders from the Government of India, we have notified the affected developers and have temporarily blocked access to the apps that remained available on the Play Store in India,” a Google spokesperson told news agency PTI.
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