Pirated or cracked android apps and Cracked android games pose a major threat to your phone and data . If you think by downloading these free cracked android apps and games, you’re saving you a lot of money . Then think again , Do you want to risk your personal data and files just for saving a few dollars ? Lets have a deeper look into the threat .
Why you should not install Cracked Android Apps ?
Many researches have revealed that most of the android malwares and viruses enter an Android phone through sideloading Android apps . Sideloading is an term for installing apps from other sources rather than the Google play store . 99 percent of malwares and virus have always come from apps outside the Google play store .
You could be enjoying your new cracked android app or the latest cracked android game that you got for free . While the app will work perfectly normal , but in the background These cracked apps and games will be recording your each and every activity . Some malwares and viruses even have the capability to capture picture and videos from your phone’s camera . Something that most android users cannot even imagine . Lets take a look on some of the major viruses and vulnerabilities in the past few years .
Major Viruses and Vulnerabilities
- Recently an Android “Master key “ vulnerability was discovered which had the potential to compromise 99% of the android phones . Luckily the vulnerability was patched very soon . Hackers are always waiting advantages of these exploits and release new cracked apps to lure their victims . According to Bluebox security , Hackers have got their hands on a Android master key , which can allow a hacker to have access to any android phone and turn them into a “ Zombie” . A very serious threat that could have allowed hackers to collect any kind of data from your android phone and control them according to their will . All without the phone owners notice . Any potential hacker would take advantage of this vulnerability to repackage cracked android apps and games and games and steal your private data .
- Fakeinstaller was an such android malware that affected a lot of android devices . The Fakeinstaller malware used to disguise itself as an installer for a legitimate application . Once installed it used to send messages to premium rate numbers in the background . Fakeinstaller mostly originated from Cracked android apps and games on the internet .
- Andr/PJApps-C : This is one of the most found viruses in Repackaged or cracked android apps and games available on public sites .
- Andr/Opfake-C : This is a virus that fakes itself as an opera browser . It installs android malicious android packages and sends messages to Premium rate number .
- Andr/BatteryD-A : This is a fake battery doctor app claiming to extend your phone’s battery life . It mostly sends potentially identifiable information to a server using HTTP, and aggressively displays adverts.
That will be a brief introduction to some of the most common and dangerous Virus , malwares and vulnerabilities . Lets take a look at F-secure’s mobile threat count for 2013 .
A you can see the malware count is on a steady increase . The total number of malware and virus threats for phones have increased to 149 in the first quarter of 2013 , from just 100 in the end of 2013 . Out of which 143 ( 93% ) of malware and viruses are targeting Android phones and devices . Hackers mostly target the third world countries where people prefer cracked android apps and games instead of buying them . For a list of the latest android vulnerabilities take a look at this site .
How to keep your Android phone safe from Virus and Malwares
- If you want to be safe from these android malwares and viruses here are some simple tips .
- Always install Android apps from the Google play store and the amazon app store and always avoid cracked android apps and games from other sources.
- There are many Alternative free apps and games for paid apps on the Android play store , Download them instead .
- Always check the reviews and ratings of apps before downloading them .
- On your android phone disable sideloading of apps . Go to your phone’s Settings > Security and make sure that the allow installation from “unknown sources” box is unchecked.
- Always update your phone to the latest version of Android .
- Update your android apps regularly.
- Install a good Anti virus from the Google play store .
- Avoid rooting a phone unless you are an advanced android user .
Last but not the least . Support the developers who have work countless hours on their apps and price them as low as $0.99 a app . They do this to make these apps affordable to all . Dont get cracked android apps and games and advised your friends and relatives to do the same .
Luckily in Android 4.2 Google disabled the ability of apps to send messages without the owners permission . But since most android devices don’t run the latest Android 4.2 many android users are still at risk from the Fakeinstaller virus . Virus threats are increasing rapidly and as we speak there are many phones getting infected . Do follow the above tips and let your freinds and relatives about these threat and always think twice before installing a cracked android app or game .