It has been discovered that a bunch of streaming apps on the Samsung Galaxy Store could possibly include malware. Here’s how you can protect your smartphone.
- Samsung’s Galaxy Store features fake streaming apps, which possibly include malware.
- A similar type of issue was previously also discovered on Huawei phones.
- Users are advised to install an anti-virus app from Google Play Store.
Samsung Galaxy Store seems to have some malware-ridden apps, as per a report published by Android Police. It is one of the major app stores and is present on every Samsung smartphone, along with Google Play Store. It has been discovered that a bunch of streaming apps could possibly include malware.
The cited source suggests that Samsung’s Galaxy Store features several clones of the Showbox app, which is a popular app known for offering movies and TV series for free. The report asserts that around five clones of Showbox were found on the Store that are possibly malicious.
The report suggested that a similar type of issue was also once discovered on Huawei smartphones. Furthermore, Virustotal’s analysis report of the app also showed over “a dozen low-grade alerts” from security vendors ranging from “riskware” to adware.
Some of the apps also take unnecessary permissions, including access to call logs, contacts, and the telephone. The report also stated that when a user tries to install these apps, Google’s Play Protect issues a warning to them that the app could be potentially dangerous.
What you can do to protect your smartphone?
One should first check if they have installed any of the malware-ridden apps and immediately remove them. Users are also advised to install an anti-virus app from Google Play Store such as Kaspersky, and Norton 360.
It is important to note that not all the anti-virus apps offer protection for free. So, you will have to buy the subscription and one shouldn’t hesitate in buying one as they are not as costly and will help offer security to your smartphone’s data. The mentioned apps do give a free service, but for a limited time period.
Users are advised to install apps from Google Play Store as the apps are properly scanned and uploaded to the store. If you can’t find an app on this store, then there is a possibility that it doesn’t agree with Play Store’s policies or might not be safe. This doesn’t mean that you should completely rely on Play Store’s security.
If you still want to download these types of apps, then do that from the official site to avoid getting trapped. Lastly, one should always keep track of the permissions that are given to all the apps. An app should never ask for something that it doesn’t require to run.
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