WannaCry ransomware awareness has cell phone users wanting to keep their Android and iOS phones safe.
However, scammers are taking advantage of this fact and creating fake WannaCry protection apps circulating on app stores.
People are flocking to the Google Play store and third-party app stores ; desperately searching for free virus scanners and free anti-virus apps.
Unfortunately many users are are hastily downloading any potential free solution, however this can cause more harm than good. As a matter of fact, WannaCry doesn’t target phones. …”mobile systems are safe from its impact.” – RiskIQ spokeswoman said.
Experts have found hundreds of fraudulent antivirus apps on the market – packed with malware, adware, and trojans.
Of those 525 fake virus protectors, 508 were in the Google Play store, researchers said, and the remainder from third-party app stores. RiskIQ looked through 189 different app stores to find fake antiviruses.
Fake apps that top the list:
(these have been removed from app stores)
- ANDROIDS ANTIVIRUS – more than 3,500 downloads
- Mobile protection: Clean & Security VPN – 50,000 downloads
The Best Mobile Security App We Recommend – ESET:
If you don’t want to download ESET,
be sure to use these general tips on what to look out for when selecting a mobile antivirus solution:
- Try to only download from official stores. Google, for example, seems to be diligently removing malicious apps at a greater rate than third-party stores.
- Review the permissions requested, make sure the developer email address is not a free email service like Gmail or Hotmail.
- Look over the app description to see if it is riddled with grammatical errors.
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