chrishoffman at May 7th, 2014 06:40 — #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 at May 7th, 2014 10:30 — #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 at May 7th, 2014 12:30 — #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 at May 7th, 2014 14:13 — #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 at May 7th, 2014 14:54 — #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 at May 8th, 2014 22:00 — #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 at May 9th, 2014 13:03 — #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 at May 9th, 2014 23:29 — #8
system at May 17th, 2014 06:41 — #9
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