Android Apps to Avoid or Delete from Your Phone Right Away

There is recent news that clearly stated that several Android apps on the Google Play Store has been collecting and storing sensitive data of users, without encryption or permission. These are such Android apps to avoid or you should uninstall and delete them from your phone immediately if they are already there.

This particular case is more alarming than previous ones because some of the most-downloaded apps on the Google Play Store are implicated in the report. These affected apps also happen to be developed by Chinese companies that may be sharing collated data with the Chinese government.

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Android Apps to Avoid or Delete from Your Phone Right Away

List of Bad Android Apps You Should Delete from Your Phone Right Away

Below is the list of apps that have been mentioned in Buzzfeed’s latest investigation. If you have any of these apps installed on your phone, you should delete them right away.

  • Selfie Camera
  • Total Cleaner
  • Smart Cooler
  • RAM Master
  • AIO Flashlight
  • Omni Cleaner
  • WaWaYaYa
  • Emoji Flashlight
  • Samsung TV Remote Control (via Peel Technologies, Inc.)

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How Can You Avoid These Apps

Do not feel bad if you are already among the nearly 100 million users who has already downloaded some of these apps. The developers might have presented misleading information, such as country of origin and the company who owns the app. This alone will normally raise red flags.

As Buzzfeed’s investigation revealed, each of these apps asked for way too many app permissions including permission like location data, access to phone sensors, or personal contact information. These are indicators of suspicious apps.

Google has blacklisted six of  the above apps, they are:

  1. Selfie Camera
  2. Total Cleaner
  3. Smart Cooler
  4. RAM Master
  5. AIO Flashlight
  6. Omni Cleaner

This was in response to Buzzfeed’s reporting, and updated how it will evaluate permissions and developer accounts going forward. Even with al these, it seems to be far easy for malicious developers to dupe the Google Play Store.

Recommendations on Android Apps to Avoid and Which to Download From Google Play Store

Below are some recommendations on how you can be safe when going about your app downloads.

  • Use a trusted mobile antivirus app to scan apps and files before you install them. Note! The word antivirus here mean anti malware.\
  • Don’t download apps with overwhelmingly poor reviews.
  • Furthermore, pay attention to what the reviews are actually saying; companies can inflate their ratings with fake reviews to drown out the negative ones. If you see any reviews calling out shady behaviour, false advertising, etc., steer clear.
  • Look out for apps with a high number of permissions, or permissions that don’t make sense for the app. For example, the AIO Flashlight app asked for 31 total permissions. No legit flashlight app requires anywhere near that many in order to run. 
  • Review an app or app developer’s security policy. This can often be found with a quick web search if none is openly provided. If the policy seems flimsy, is hosted from a dubious location (like Selfie Camera’s random), or if there doesn’t seem to be a security policy, period, skip the download.
  • In general, do not download apps from devs you don’t recognize. If you do, search the app online and seek out professional reviews and user feedback from tech sites and forums.
  • Be extremely cautious when downloading APK files from unofficial sources.
  • An app may pass several of the above parameters, but utterly fail others. For example, the Selfie Camera app boasted a 4.5-star rating on Google Play and had over 50 million downloads, yet it was asking for 50 permissions and its privacy policy was hidden on an unrelated Tumblr blog. It’s the perfect example of why any third-party apps from developers you don’t already trust need to be scrutinized

Conclusion

Now you have seen some list of bad Android apps or apps you should delete from your Android phone, the next step is yours to take. Always try to be safe in whatsoever you are doing online especially in the aspect of sharing information. Kindly share this post by using the social share buttons found on this page.

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About Chibuzor Aguwa 285 Articles
Chibuzor Aguwa is an Article Writer, ICT Specialist and an Online Entrepreneur. Like the saying does "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", some of my hobbies are listening to inspirational songs and watching football. A big fan of Manchester United Football Club.

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