Delete immediately: Free Android app steals your access data
It happened again. A free Android application broadly downloaded in the Google Play Store is packed with adware and spyware that methods you into entering your secret credentials to be able to hijack them. For those who have installed the next Android application, you need to delete it immediately and alter your access data.
Although Google tries to determine the apps within the Play Store to ensure that no infected or malicious applications are loaded there, attackers always get free apps with adware and spyware into the store. So and in this situation. It’s about the Android application “Craftsart Cartoon Photo Tools”. You upload your photo to the application and obtain a cartoon-style picture. Sounds fantastic, which is. This is precisely why the application was downloaded on over 100,000 occasions. This is now being a problem. The Android application has contracted the “FaceStealer” trojan viruses that will eventually cause you to enter your access data to Facebook. They are then delivered to the attackers and could be misused. Google has probably already deleted the application because we could not think it is any longer. Important: If you’ve still got “Craftsart Cartoon Photo Tools” placed on your smartphone, you must delete the application. To become safe and sound, it’s also wise to improve your Facebook password and switch to two-factor authentication. For those who have also used the access data from Facebook, i.e. e-mail address and password, elsewhere, you need to change them immediately.
Essential tips for free Android apps
Whenever you download a free Android application from the Google Play Store, it is best to notice the application’s behaviour. Perform the needed permissions match the application? Photo editing software doesn’t require the use of your contacts or phone function. Will the application ask me for credentials that don’t fit in with the application itself? Should this happen, delete the application immediately. Must I install another file or application through the application? This is harmful since it bypasses Google’s security mechanisms. So also delete. If you do not just accept everything a free Android application asks of you and read what permissions are granted, you are safe and sound.