Like any other field, smartphone technology also has pros and cons both. If it offers us the comfort of ordering anything and everything from the comfort of the home through a click on related app, it also results in smartphone malware.

That’s what has happened recently. British cybersecurity firm Sophos has listed down 15 apps which are nothing but adware downloaded by 1.3 million Android handsets through Google’s Playstore.  These malicious apps are overtly smart as they use deceptive names & icons thus prompting the customer to download and then keep hiding in the smartphone making you forget that you had downloaded it once. With interesting names such as Image Editor, Image Magic, Autocut Photo, Read QR code and whatnot, the hidden intent of the apps is nothing but to deliver ads and invade in your private data.

The names of these 15 malicious apps are as follows – Image Magic, Generate Elves, Savexpense, QR Artifact, Find your Phone, Scavenger Speed, Auto Cut Out Pro, Read QR Code, Flash on Calls & Msg, Photo Background, ImageProcessing, Background Cut Out, Background Cut Out (developed by Haltermore), Auto Cut Out and Auto Cut Out 2019.

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Though Google has already removed these from the Playstore after receiving this information from Sophos, all of you should still check your phone. If you find any of these apps sitting on your phone, follow this word of caution, remove them immediately , and be careful in the future. There is a reason for these flashy apps to offer you free Downloads. After all, they are getting a chance to reach out to your private and confidential information. That’s scary!

So, Download apps from known and popular developers and make it a practice to check user reviews before any install. That’s safe!!

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