ANDROID users are warned to check their phones for a number of apps that may sign them up for unwanted subscriptions.
Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky revealed the new scam that could cost you money if you don’t delete the apps now.
The new malware is called “Fleckpe” and can be found in popular video editing apps, photo apps and downloadable wallpaper apps.
Shockingly, over 620,000 devices have been confirmed to have downloaded these apps, which can use the verification codes sent to devices before purchase to sign them up for subscriptions.
According to a digital consulting site, “All of this happens in the background, and for the end-user whose device is infected, the apps themselves work as they normally should, so as not to reveal the Trojan’s presence.”
To avoid the annoying apps, be sure to check the reviews and developers to make sure they are verified and safe on the Google Play Store.
If you have downloaded any of the following applications, make sure to delete them.
This latest malware comes just days after Android users were warned to delete eight other types of apps for their phone’s security and storage space.
Performance-enhancing apps seem to help your phone by “save battery” and “optimize games”, but in reality they just eat up storage space.
Duplicate apps are also a concern – two browser apps take up more storage space than just one.
And the cookies and data it uses could compromise your privacy online.
Try deleting social media apps like TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat to improve your device’s health and privacy.
And remove any gaming apps that you no longer use.
Users are warned to delete the following applications
- Beauty Camera Plus
- beauty photo camera
- Beauty Slimming Photo Editor
- Fingertip Graffiti
- GIF camera editor
- HD 4K wallpaper
- Impressionism Pro Camera
- Microclip video editor
- Night Mode Camera Pro
- Photo camera editor
- Photo Effect Editor