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Check your Android phone! These 5 popular apps must be deleted immediately

Android users should check their phones immediately to ensure they don’t have any of these malware-packed apps installed on their devices. The latest attack, discovered by the team at Bitdefender, shows hackers are relying on new methods to try and gain access to devices and all the highly personal data we store on them. Those targeted by these malicious apps could see private text messages and even bank account details sent straight to criminals without ever noticing an attack has taken place. With Google’s Play Store now far more secure it’s getting harder for cyber thieves to sneak malicious software onto this hugely popular marketplace.

So, instead, they are creating fake applications outside of Google’s official digital Play Store, tempting users by promising anti-virus software, access to free TV services, and more.

Unlike Apple’s iOS, Google does allow Android smartphone and tablet owners to approve downloads from outside its own app store. While this enables users greater control over their own gadgets – it does also open-up the devices to risks.

“Criminals welcome the opportunity to spread malware directly from app stores, but that isn’t easy,” Bitedender explained. “Instead, they go for the next available method – imitating top-rated apps in the hopes of tricking at least some users into downloading and installing their malicious versions.”

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Once duped into installing them, users are then targeted by a new type of virus called Teabot which has the ability to live stream everything on the screen straight back to the cyber crooks.

That means personal texts to partners, checking your mobile banking app and of course, card details when online shopping can all be viewed and stolen. Bitdefender says it has identified a strange distribution method for the new attack with crooks using a fake Ad Blocker that acts as a dropper for the malware.

Once the apps are then downloaded and installed they look like official services and it’s unlikely a user would spot anything is wrong until it’s too late.

The apps to watch out for include:

• Uplift: Health and Wellness App

• BookReader

• PlutoTV

• Kaspersky: Free Antivirus

• VLC MediaPlayer

Official versions of these apps, which are not affected by the malware, have been downloaded over 50 million times and it seems hackers are using their huge popularity in an attempt to go unnoticed. Bitdefender says the campaign to distribute these apps in the wild remains active and is of serious concern.

“TeaBot is the newest banker trojan families,” said Bitedender. “According to an early analysis report, the malware can carry out overlay attacks via Android Accessibility Services, intercept messages, perform various keylogging activities, steal Google Authentication codes, and even take full remote control of Android devices.”

If you think you have one of the fake apps listed above on your phone then you should delete them immediately.

Bitdefender has also issued advice on how to avoid the threat in the first place with the security experts saying, “The best way to avoid infection is never to install apps outside the official store. Also, never tap on links in messages and always be mindful of your Android apps permissions.”

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Your Gmail, Photos and Drive could be deleted as Google introduces new rules next month

Google is changing things up from June 1 and it could have a major impact on some users of its popular Gmail, Photos and Drive services. The new terms will basically allow the US technology firm to delete personal files stored on its servers without needing any permission to do so.
This dramatic update was first announced back in December 2020 with Google emailing users to explain how the changes will affect them.

“We are writing to let you know that we recently announced new storage policies for Google Accounts using Gmail, Google Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard files) and/or Google Photos that bring us in line with industry practices,” Google explained in the email seen by Express.co.uk.

Now, for anyone who has endless private emails or family photos stored with Google, this all sounds pretty terrifying but hopefully, the impact should be minimal. Google has brought in these changes to enable it to do some serious spring cleaning when users stop using these services and don’t bother to inform the tech giant.

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To combat this data problem Google is now giving users two years to log into their accounts. Anyone who stays away for more than 24 months could then see things disappearing with Google having the option to start removing content.

“If you’re inactive for 2 years (24 months) in Gmail, Drive or Photos, we may delete the content in the product(s) in which you’re inactive. If you exceed your storage limit for 2 years, we may delete your content across Gmail, Drive and Photos,” the firm said.

Users will get plenty of notice before their family snaps are sent to the rubbish bin with anyone affected receiving an email to inform them that their content could be removed so they should have plenty of time to get things in order.

It’s also worth noting that, although the changes come into effect from June 1, no content will be removed until at least June 1 2023.

This is because the new rules don’t come into force until June 2021 and users then have two years to comply. As always, every Google Account will continue to come with 15 GB of free storage across Gmail, Drive and Photos, which Google estimates should last the majority of its users several years.

Although this change might not please everyone there is better Google news coming later this month. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has told investors to expect some “significant product updates and announcements” during the Californian company’s developer conference. Google IO is scheduled to run between May 18-20 and it could be an exciting few days for fans of the US tech brand.

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Martin Lewis explains why he deleted innocent comment ahead of Meghan and Harry interview

“People need get a grip Martin. This is the prob with this Country now, you cannot say anything anymore because of the ‘PC Brigade’ As for Meghan and the Royals, I’m with you. Basically I don’t give a damm. Infact as a bloke I find it strange any other bloke would be interested,” someone else explained their stance on the matter.

A fifth sighed: “For gods sake, some people. Well the original tweet made me laugh so thanks Martin.”

Another believed his decision was “a bit over the top”.