The Android universe is quite vulnerable to security threats from various cyber elements, with the most common risk coming for malware infestation. Unlike Apple, Google doesn’t have a very tight grasp over what goes on the Play Store and as a result, we often hear Google clearing out numerous apps from the store to prevent further infestation. The same has happened again but this time, it’s not malware – this one is about ensuring privacy.
Google has removed a couple of apps from the Play Store after concerns of the user’s privacy came under question. A total of seven apps have been banned from the Play Store after it was found that they pose a threat to users’ privacy. The discovery was made by mobile threat researchers from Avast who then reported the concern to Google. After this, Google went ahead and removed the seven apps from the Play Store.
The seven apps under the scanner were found to help someone spy on others and invade their privacy. These apps require the spy to gain access to the victim’s phone and install the app from the Play Store. Once installed, the app requires the person to input an email ID as well as a password, After this, the spying app is sent to the person’s phone.
Avast says these apps are designed in a way that the victim won’t be able to detect the spyware. The spy can easily hide the app and remove any suspicion even if the victim doubts. With the help of these apps, the spy can basically get access to the victim’s location data as well as gain other personal data including call history, contacts and SMS.
Now, there are chances that this app could be present on your device, given that these a[[s have been installed a combined 130,000 times. The most installed apps include Spy Tracker and SMS Tracker, both of which have more than 50,000 installs.
Avast has released the list of concerned apps that have been removed from the Play Store and you can check out these apps below:
— Track Employees Check Work Phone Online Spy Free
–Spy Kids Tracker
–Phone Cell Tracker
–Employee Work Spy
Therefore, if you happen to find these apps installed on your phone or someone else’s phone, you should immediately get the app uninstalled from the device.