Official Android warning about harmful apps – four crucial signs to look out for

ANDROID has issued a warning for its users regarding potentially dangerous apps.

To help people avoid downloading malicious apps, Android has revealed a list of red flags for users to watch out for.

Android has issued a warning for its users about potentially dangerous apps.


Android has issued a warning for its users about potentially dangerous apps.Credit: Getty

“Scammers use various methods to trick people into downloading harmful apps to access their personal data,” Android said in a blog post.

“Consider the following example scenarios to determine if an app might be a scam,” he continued.

Contact out of the blue

The first red flag reported by Android is the receipt of a blue message.

“Unexpected messages should raise suspicion,” the tech giant said.

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“Fraudsters often send convincing text messages or emails. For example, they may claim that you missed a delivery or a voicemail.”

This is usually done to allow you to download a file or application that contains malware.

An application asks you to do something

If an app asks you to change settings on your device for no reason, it may be malicious.

“Apps usually explain why a permission or setting needs to be changed before asking you to change it,” Android noted.

“Requests made by harmful applications are often unexplained or meaningless.”

‘Too good to be true’

Any apps that claim to dramatically improve the performance of your device can search for your sensitive data.

Android notes that the same goes for apps that claim to offer content you expect to pay for.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Android said.

Spelling and grammatical errors

The fourth red flag to watch out for is messages and apps that contain spelling and grammatical errors.

These are likely from scammers, as legitimate organizations rarely make these mistakes.

How to protect yourself

Android recommends that if you’re unsure about an app you’ve been asked to download, check the official website.

“You can also search for the app on an app store you trust, like Google Play,” the company added.

Users can also turn off “Allow Restricted Settings” for apps they don’t fully trust.

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“When you enable Restricted Settings, you allow apps to access sensitive information that could put your personal data at risk,” Android pointed out.

“We don’t recommend allowing restricted settings unless you trust the app developer.”