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Stop hackers, just turn on this Google Play Store setting on your phone NOW!

Turn on this setting on your Android phone now to protect it against malicious attacks.

By: SHAURYA TOMER
| Updated on: Aug 12 2022, 18:09 IST
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1/7 Android smartphone users are again at risk! Cybersecurity researchers have reported about a new malware threat called Autolycos. The worrying part is that the malware has chosen the widely used Google Play Store platform to disseminate the malware to the victim’s phone via apps, Express.co.uk reported (Pixabay)
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2/7 Moreover, not just one or two, but a total of eight apps on the Google Play Store have been reported to be spoiled with this dangerous malware. The report says that there have already been 3 million installs of these apps, which is concerning because that means there are so many people who are being swindled and whose privacy is being violated. (Unsplash)
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3/7 The danger of Autolycos malware is that the users find it hard to detect the apps with this malware in them and meanwhile, it performs malicious activities including, even reading SMS on the device. Not just that, shockingly, the malware is capable of even paying for premium services without letting the victim know! (Unsplash)
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4/7 List of apps on Google Play Store infected by Autolycos malware: Vlog Star Video Editor, Creative 3D Launcher, Wow Beauty Camera, Gif Emoji Keyboard, Freeglow Camera 1.0.0, Coco Camera v1.1, Funny Camera’, and Razer Keyboard & Theme’. (Unsplash)
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5/7 Collectively, all these apps have a total of 3 million installs. This simply means, around 3 million Android smartphone users are in danger. (Unsplash)
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6/7 However, the good news is that Google has banned these malware-affected applications from the Play Store. Still, Android users are advised to monitor background internet data and battery consumption constantly to keep themselves safe against these malware threats. (Unsplash)
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7/7 Also, cybersecurity researchers should try to minimize the number of apps you install on your smartphones. In case, these apps or any data related to them are available on your device, then you should immediately delete them now. (Unsplash)
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Turn on this Google Play Store setting immediately! (Pixabay)

Android, the world's most popular operating system is used by billions of users around the world. The OS is based on an open-source platform, therefore it is shared by numerous companies all using slightly different versions of Android on their smartphones.

However, since it is so common, it is highly susceptible to malicious attacks too. Hundreds of apps everyday are flagged for leaking consumer data or being vulnerable to cyber-attacks. These apps are then removed from the Google Play Store.

Although Google keeps a tight-grip on the various security measures it has implemented to keep your phone secure, sometimes it is impossible to stop certain malicious attacks. Therefore, Google strictly advises to keep the Google Play Protect setting on.

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Google Play Protect is a free service from Google which checks apps when you install them. It runs a safety check on apps from the Google Play Store before you download them. It checks your device for potentially harmful apps from other sources. When you turn on the “Improve harmful app detection” setting, you allow Google Play Protect to automatically send unknown apps to Google.

How to turn on Google Play Protect

Although Google Play Protect is switched on by default, you might have switched it off by accident.

1. To turn it on, on your Android phone or tablet and open the Google Play Store.

2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.

3. Tap Play Protect and then Settings.

4. Turn Improve harmful app detection on or off.

If Google Play Protect finds a potentially harmful app on your Android device, it sends you a notification to uninstall it. Simply tap on the notification and tap uninstall. Play Protect automatically disables the app until you uninstall it.

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First Published Date: 12 Aug, 18:09 IST
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