chrishoffman — 2014-05-07T06:40:49-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/188519/how-to-tell-if-an-android-app-is-potentially-dangerous/
Yes, some Android apps can be malicious — Apple, Microsoft, and the media seem happy to remind us about this. Take a few basic precautions and you can avoid these potentially dangerous apps.
wayne — 2014-05-07T10:30:02-04:00 — #2
I used to install all of the paid apps from various pirated stores, I used to get them through torrent sites as well. I thought that it was really cool to get the paid apps for free. Then one day, I noticed that my phones behavior was really horrible, the battery would drain really fast, constantly freezing, rebooting on it's own, to name a few side effects. I now only use the Play Store or the Amazon App Store exclusively. I do not bother with any other apps from any other sources, and you know what? No more problems. Only use apps from trusted sources, no other places.
lukelarris — 2014-05-07T12:30:36-04:00 — #3
The most dangerous-looking app I've ever installed (and later uninstalled) was Facebook. That crap requires so many permissions that don't make sense.
nischalsinghtab — 2014-05-07T14:13:45-04:00 — #4
Hi, I am wondering, since Android would be somewhat safe if apps are only installed from the play store, what about general web browsing? Can it in some way contract Android with viruses?
michael_ramsdel — 2014-05-07T14:54:23-04:00 — #5
I just use the clueful app that lets me know when I install or update an app if the app is shady.
Clueful Android App
alonewillow — 2014-05-08T22:00:32-04:00 — #6
In the article you show a pic of Amazon's app right above where you're talking about apps asking for too many permissions. Are you saying that Amazon's app is a bad one? Just wondering if I'm doing something wrong by installing their app and then the apps in the Amazon store?
hollylouise — 2014-05-09T13:03:34-04:00 — #7
I buy apps from Google Play Store (have a few from Amazon I think) and I have Avast installed on my phone and scan regularly.
rshewmaker — 2014-05-09T23:29:48-04:00 — #8
system — 2014-05-17T06:41:01-04:00 — #9
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