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Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in Privacy & Security

Watch out for malicious applications in your App Store.  The bad guys are developing malicious applications with the hopes of making their way into your mobile device's app store - and sometimes they're successful.  Recently, over 100,000 people across the globe downloaded applications containing spyware from a reputable app store.  According to researchers, this spyware steals personal information like your call logs, contacts, photo and video files, and can even use pop-ups in an attempt to steal your login credentials for accounts like Google and Facebook.

Here's a few tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Do your research:  Read app reviews, but make sure they're not fake or staged!  Be wary of applications that don't have any reviews.
  • Avoid applications that have a low number of downloads.
  • Look for strange logos or spelling errors in the application's description.
  • Consider investing in cybersecurity protection for your mobile device.

When in doubt, avoid downloading questionable applications, and look for a safer alternative.

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