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Proceed with caution: how to spot a fake on the Play Store

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发表于 2019-02-01 11:46:06 来自手机 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
[br][br]It seems that with every year, the number of malicious or misleading apps on the Play Store increases. Google is often quick to take action and remove them, but they're still a long way from providing a quality defense against malware. The search for the right app in the Play Store is still a matter of intensive research. This is why, in this article we’ll try to define some basic principles that should help avoid malware-ridden applications.[br][br][br]Best Google Play Store alternative app stores[br]Android without Google Apps? There are alternative for almost everything[br]Have you ever heard of PETYA?[br]Choose “I don’t think so.” or “Yes, I think[br]The Play Store has become an ugly place. It was once a great resource. Does your phone need a new feature? Okay, just go to the Play Store, try out some apps and you’ll be able to solve your problem. Nowadays, it’s not so easy. Scammers can falsify positive ratings, buy a high ranking and sometimes outright plagiarize other apps.[br][br]Google for the most part still relies on purely automated forms of quality assurance. Algorithms analyze new apps and updates of known code fragments or behavioral patterns, much like an anti-virus on Windows computers. If an automatic alarm is signaled, the app will likely be sent back to the developer.[br][br][br][br]The system ensures that 99 percent of all malicious apps don’t reach users via the Play Store, or that’s at least what Google states in its latest blog post. The algorithms have become a bit smarter thanks to machine learning. At this point, they are able to detect fake identities, inappropriate content and new types of malware.[br][br][br][br]Creators of malware are better organized[br]In 2017 examples such as SonicSpy demonstrated that malware creators and networks are literally bombarding the Play Store. Google now recognizes “repeat offenders and abusive developer networks" and has already banned 100,000, which has made it more complicated to create a new developer account. However, there are still cases where they manage to slip through. In 2018, half a million users downloaded malware posing as driving games.[br][br][br][br]But how do I recognize bad apps?[br]Flashlight apps are obsolete[br]Certain apps and games are particularly vulnerable to abuse. Flashlight apps, in particular, have benefited from users’ careless habits. Usually, users are informed of the app’s permissions before installation, although since 2015 they are sometimes only informed once they've started using it. A while ago there were a large number of flashlight apps that also wanted to be able to send an SMS. Enough users accepted this obviously fraudulent permission and got caught in a trap. The flashlight app could then send premium SMS messages and earn money for the app developers.[br][br][br][br][br]Certain app categories are particularly susceptible to fraud. / © AndroidPIT[br]At the same time, most flashlight apps actually only need camera permission. This makes sense because the LED connected to the camera is controlled via the camera permission. However, not all users know that a flashlight app has already been given to them. It’s probably already in your smartphone’s Quick Settings. Just pull your finger down from the top of the screen and look for the small flashlight silhouette.[br][br][br][br][br]The flashlight is already integrated in the Quick Settings of most Android smartphones, which makes these apps unnecessary. / © AndroidPIT[br]If you install a flashlight app anyway, it will probably interrupt its actual function with several commercial breaks. Advertising in apps is tolerable to a certain extent, but the added value that the app provides must be commensurate with the number of advertising interruptions. With such a superfluous app, there is no reason to tolerate advertising.[br][br][br]There are issues with both permissions as well as advertising. The developer should ideally justify the necessary permissions in the description of the app (like in Threema, for example). They have to be explained in accordance with the app’s functions. A flashlight shouldn’t need to send SMS messages and a Bubble Popper shouldn’t need access to your camera or microphone, let alone your contact list.

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发表于 2019-02-03 02:20:47 来自手机 | 显示全部楼层
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