First it was the FaceApp security breach scare, followed by several Android apps on the Google Play store infected with malware. The verdict is in: we have to be careful which apps we allow into our lives.
The apps on this list should be removed as soon as possible. Some of them track you, some have questionable privacy policies while others could open the gateway for malware to get on your device. Let’s have a look.
Sorry about this one, we know it’s hard. An ad platform hidden in the game’s code send targeted ads to users, but here’s the catch: that info is clearly visible to anyone who knows where to look for it.
In short, phone numbers, call logs, even sensitive information such as your location and sexual orientation were public. The app creators claim that the app is safe to use these days, but you know how the saying goes: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
Bye, bye, birdies.
Yes, we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the worlds’ most trusted – or some would say not – social media platform cannot be trusted. Especially after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.
Uninstalling the Facebook app will also speed up your phone’s performance. Fret not, you can still get your daily Facebook fix from the mobile site. You can even add a browser shortcut to your phone’s homescreen.
Apps affected by The Joker malware
CSIS Security group were the first to detect The Joker Malware threat and released a detailed analysis of the Joker’s risk and the way it spreads.
It’s clear from the report that the Joker is impressive if not for the extent of the infection as much the sophistication of the way it executes.
If you have any of these apps on your phone, take action right now.
- Advocate Wallpaper
- Age Face
- Altar Message
- Antivirus Security – Security Scan
- Beach Camera
- Board picture editing
- Certain Wallpaper
- Climate SMS
- Collate Face Scanner
- Cute Camera
- Dazzle Wallpaper
- Declare Message
- Display Camera
- Great VPN
- Humour Camera
- Ignite Clean
- Leaf Face Scanner
- Mini Camera
- Print Plant scan
- Rapid Face Scanner
- Reward Clean
- Ruddy SMS
- Soby Camera
- Spark Wallpaper
According to Popular Mechanics, YouVersion Bible can connect and disconnect to WiFi whenever it wants, and can even modify the data stored on your phone. The reason? To show you audience-specific ads.
The app creators promise not to sell your data, but do you really want to take that chance?
In addition to the above, you should also be wary of apps that claim to save RAM (Random Access Memory) or any cleaning app which promises to boost your phone’s performance.
Yes, some apps do leave behind cached data, but it’s not necessary to download a dedicated cleaner app for that. Simply go to Settings, select the Storage option and tap Cached Data to clear it. Easy.
How to get rid of unwanted apps
You’d be forgiven for thinking that simply deleting an app would suffice. Sorry, but it won’t. If you’re serious about removing your digital footprint from those apps’ databases, you’ll need to delete your account as well.
Most apps require you to sign in via email or Facebook when you download it, and you’ll need to set some time aside to delete the accounts created when you downloaded the app.
This will also prevent you from being bombarded by their spam mail – or “targeted advertising” – and will hopefully keep your details away from unscrupulous companies out to sell you stuff you don’t need.
How to go about deleting all your app accounts could prove tricky. You’d need to visit the app’s site from your web browser, log in, go through the settings and delete or permanently close the accounts. Yes, it’s a schlep, but do it anyway and thank us later.