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How to avoid malware from apps downloaded in Google Play

Online Community Manager
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Despite Google’s best efforts, some apps available to download from the Google Play store contain ‘malware’; that’s the technical term for software that is specifically designed to disrupt or damage your device.

 

Recently Google Play has received reports that some apps available in its store have been infected with the malware DressCode, embedded into games and ‘skins’ (files that change the look and feel of the user interface on your device). DressCode enables attackers to use your Android device to launch attacks against another person or organisation’s online services or gain access to corporate servers and information.

 

Whilst we don’t control the content that Google Play sells in its store, if you’re an Optus customer, you can buy apps and content from Google Play and pay for it on your post-paid Optus bill.

 

So, to avoid infecting your Android device with malware from apps downloaded in Google Play, have a look at our tips below:

 

Tips

 

1. Check the star ratings and written reviews of an app and the look at the number of times it has been downloaded before deciding whether to proceed or not

 

2. Turn on the App Verification function on your Android device – this security feature will regularly check activity on your device and warn you of any potential problems

 

3. Implement the security software on your Android device and seek technical assistance if you notice anything strange happening to your phone or tablet

 

4. Ensure your Android device is set to automatically receive security updates

 

5. Report any harmful apps you come across to Google Play

 

To find out more about how to stay smart online, head here or for Google Play support click here

 

If you have any questions, just ask them below.

5 Comments
Occasional Contributor Funsky
Occasional Contributor

Where is the App Verification function on the Samsung S7 Edge?

RetiredModerator Toomey
RetiredModerator

Hmm the only setting I can think is Settings > Lock Screen And Security > Unknown Sources. You want that disabled to make sure no dodgy apps can be installed. Toomey

Occasional Contributor Funsky
Occasional Contributor

@Toomey yup. me too. and that only stop non-Google Play apps, of which there are many legitimate ones.

RetiredModerator Toomey
RetiredModerator

Google support reckons "On devices running Android 6.0 and up, Verify Apps is always on. For security, you can't turn it of... although it's not something I've every noticed on my S7 Edge

Contributor paul190k
Contributor

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