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  1. Major vulnerabilities found in top free VPN apps on Google Play store SuperVPN Free VPN Client is one of the most popular free VPN apps you can find on the Google Play store, having gained more than 100 million installs already. But besides being a very popular app, there’s something else you need to know about this free VPN: SuperVPN Free VPN Client is also very dangerous. You see, our analysis shows that this app has critical vulnerabilities that opens it up to dangerous attacks known as man-in-the-middle (MITM) hacks. These vulnerabilities will allow hackers to
  2. Google is hiding 'coronavirus' apps from the Play Store – and it's not alone Misinformation is contagious (Image credit: Shutterstock) Google appears to have hidden apps related to coronavirus from search results in the Google Play store. The change, as reported by 9to5Google, is likely an attempt to stop the spread of misinformation about the virus. At the time of writing, searches for 'coronavirus' and 'Covid-19' (the official name for the disease caused by the virus) yield no results. Such searches w
  3. Google Google is just as frustrated with bogus app reviews as you are, and it's apparently bending over backwards to improve the trustworthiness of the feedback you see. The company instituted a system this year that uses a mix of AI and human oversight to cull junk Play Store reviews and the apps that promote them, and the results are slightly intimidating. In an unspecified recent week, Google removed "millions" of dodgy ratings and reviews, and "thousands" of apps encouraging shady behavior. There are a lot of attempts to game Android app reviews, in other word
  4. Google Play Store app rejections up 55% from last year, app suspensions up 66% 80% of Google Play Store policy violations caused by repeat offenders Google gets tough on cryptocurrency-mining apps in the Play Store In a year-in-review announcement today, Google said Play Store app rejections went up 55% last year after the OS maker tightened up its app review process. Similarly, stats for app suspensions also went up, by more than 66%, according to Google, which the company credited to its continued in
  5. New Google Play Store feature tells you how much storage your phone has left, lets you quickly add more When an Android user opens the Google Play Store and checks out the apps that he or she has already installed, a new indicator will show just how much storage space is available for new apps. Spotted by Reddit user ijazulhaqci (via Droid-Life), the Storage status feature shows what percentage of the internal storage on a user's phone has already been spoken for. It also shows how much storage space is available, and a status bar gives the user a graph
  6. Malware made it past Google's detection systems and infected some 9 million Android users, analyst Trend Micro has found. Google has removed 85 apps from the Google Play Store as a result. Google's secret to a healthy phone? Remote-controlling your apps READ MORE The apps, purportedly TV and video players and controllers, would consistently show full-screen ads until they crashed. Developers behind such apps then racked up ad impressions from which they profited. The batch of 85 apps removed included the "Easy Universal TV Remote", which had a high proportion of negative
  7. Researchers discovered 2 Malicious Android apps from Google Play Store that drops Anubis banking malware with advanced obfuscation techniques. The malicious apps posed as a legitimate tool with the name of Currency Converter and BatterySaverMobi and also attackers posted a fake review and boasted a score of 4.5 stars. Google Play store continuously flooding with various malicious apps including adware, spyware, malware that targets the millions of Android users. These new malicious apps intended to be uploaded into Google Play store to infected Andr
  8. In addition to the dark theme being more widely available over the past day, the latest update to Google Play is also rolling out on Android. However, the latest version has an annoying little bug that breaks inline app changelogs. Besides the Material Theme earlier this year, one of the more useful Google Play changes in recent memory was to the “My apps & games” page. A small chevron icon next to the “Update” or “Open” button on each line allows users to expand the app’s changelog. You don’t have to open the full app listing to know what’s chan
  9. Google Play Store’s blindingly white redesign starts rolling out The all-white theme might actually be a good sign for dark mode lovers. Google seems to be rolling out a major new redesign of the Google Play Store. We've seen this design slowly take shape through limited testing over the past few months, but now it seems like the design is finally coming to a wide array of devices. These designs are occasionally just for testing and get rolled back, but with the launch of Android Q on the horizon, we get the feeling this version will stick. The new desi
  10. Anubis banking malware re-emerges again and the threat actors distributing the malware on Google Play store apps to stealing login credentials to banking apps, e-wallets, and payment cards. Anubis banking malware re-emerges again and the threat actors distributing the malware on Google Play store apps to stealing login credentials to banking apps, e-wallets, and payment cards. Hackers always finding new ways to bypass the Google play store security and distributing malware via Android apps that will act as the first step in an infection routine
  11. Apps already removed by Google, Avast says Some of the apps had several reviews revealing their malicious activity Security company Avast discovered no less than 26 apps on the Google Play Store that included adware forcing ads on compromised systems, using special behavior to make it harder for users to remove the infection. The apps were based on the Cordova development framework and used various developer names, most likely in an attempt to avoid having all of them removed at once by Google. They were published in a wide variety of categ
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