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Halloween is here but don’t be scared by ghosts and goblins – the things that go bump in the night might just be malicious spyware, malware and viruses invading your phone and collecting your personal information. Before you trick-or-treat around the app world, be aware that some of those seemingly harmless apps could become more dangerous than you had imagined.
Free apps, much like Halloween candy, can be tempting but not worth indulging. Cybercriminals have been busy this season distributing malicious apps with the sole purpose of stealing the personal information stored on your phone, sometimes even sending out expensive texts to your contacts without your knowledge. A study conducted by Leibniz University of Hannover and Philipps University of Marburg found that 8% of apps have the capabilities to steal your personal information or infect your phone with malicious malware.
Popular free apps downloaded through Google Play can access your personal information in several ways. By not being aware before downloading that treat of an application can quickly trick you into stealing your personal information.
Simply by “checking-in” at your favorite restaurant or tagging the location of your latest picture you might be giving cybercriminals more information than you realize. When opened, specific apps are able to track and pinpoint your exact location on any given day.
Other apps obtain your information through permission given by Android users themselves. By accepting the terms of agreement you may be unknowingly giving your app permission to search contact lists, personal photos and email addresses.
Malicious attacks from your favorite apps can be easily avoided by being aware, smart and secure. Follow these five steps to ensure your mobile device is safe before downloading that app: