Removed malicious apps return to haunt Google Play Store

Once again, cybersecurity researchers have discovered a set of malicious apps on the Google Play Store that is reappearing after being removed by simply changing their names. Malware identified as Android.Reputation.1, a Trojan first encountered in 2014, has been found in new iterations of at least seven apps on the Play Store after Google was previously alerted to them.
With over 2 million apps in Google’s Play Store, it is inevitable that some malicious apps will slip through. Users should still trust the Play Store but by following some basic safety tips, they can help reduce the chances of downloading a rogue app:
– never ever grant administrator permission to any application without absolute trust for why it is needed
– pay attention to the permissions they are granting applications when installing them, even when using applications that advertise themselves as “mobile security” apps.
– keep the options enabled only to install apps from Google Play and to verify apps upon installation
– keep in mind that every phone represents a network entry point or a valuable data bank that must be protected by at least cybersecurity solution like an antivirus. Depending on which OS your device is running, install an antivirus for Windows, an antivirus for Mac, or antivirus for Android for total protection. Companies must take an extra step and hire a professional cybersecurity firm that will run various cybersecurity tests on your company’s network to implement only the best possible cybersecurity solution. Always opt for a package that includes at least a penetration test and ethical hacking test. For companies that exist 100% online, we recommend the using of cyber-secured web hosting services.