6 Ways to Spot Bad Apps

Blog Friday April 23rd, 2021

6 Ways to Spot Bad Apps


Not all mobile applications that available are good and safe to install on phone. Among the millions of mobile applications in the world, some of them are malicious mobile applications that can bring harm to the users. 

Google Play, as the biggest ‘market’ for Google’s Android applications, is also infiltrated by malicious applications. It is indeed a big work to solve for android and Google developers, to protect Android users from malicious applications.

Android’s biggest competitor, Apple, probably deserves a thumbs up for their commitment to security issues. In 2019 the App Store was named the safest app store in the world. It is probably safe to say that Apple users are better protected from malicious applications.

Even so, for Android users, please don’t be discouraged. You can keep using your android phone safely and comfortably and free from malicious applications if you can identify and avoid them. For that, we have prepared 6 ways to avoid malicious applications on Android.


(1) Avoid The Unverified Applications


When you are about to download a mobile app from the Google Play Store, look for applications with the badge ‘Verified by Play Protect”. It appears briefly when you have clicked on ‘Install’. Thus, when the download and install process does not show the words ‘Verified by Play Protect’, we recommend canceling the download.


(2) Read the description of the application.


When you find a mobile application that feels like you need it, do not download and install it without reading the description. Try to look at the description of the application, who is the developer, is there any contact information, be sure to check these things.

Avoid developers that look unprofessional as well as contact info that includes unprofessional emails, including developers that include a Gmail address as contact info.


(3) Be careful with pop-ups


Have you ever downloaded and installed an application with lots of pop-ups? Pop-ups can be in the form of ads or system warnings. If the pop-ups appear once or twice then it is okay, but if the pop-ups appear repeatedly then you must be suspicious as it may indicate adware. 

Adware is a program or software designed to display advertisements on a smartphone or computer. Adware in mobile apps is annoying because instead of benefiting you, you’re designed to benefit the developer from the advertisements that appear and you may as well click it accidentally.

Avoid this kind of mobile application because it is of no use to you, even when they lure you with points and shopping vouchers. 


(4) Check Unusual Data Usage 


Another way to determine a safe app is to examine the use of monthly data. If data usage seems to peaked suddenly even when you use the phone on a normal basis, you may have installed adware.

Adware can run behind the scenes (working behind the background) and do click without you knowing it. This illegal activity makes the data usage soar. Therefore, when you check your monthly data usage and find an application with large data usage even though you rarely open it, you should be suspicious. Maybe this application runs without your knowledge and you do not know what it has done.


(5) Install Mobile Security Software


Installing antivirus on the computer may be common, but install antivirus software on your phone may rare. In fact, an antivirus on a mobile phone can prevent malware. Before you can identify a malicious application, the antivirus will first recognize it for you.

There are several well-known mobile antivirus brands that you can try, such as:

  1. Bitdefender Mobile Security: Android | iOS
  2. Norton Mobile Security: Android | iOS
  3. AVG AntiVirus: Android | iOS
  4. McAfee Mobile Security: Android | iOS
  5. Avast Mobile Security: Android | iOS

Don’t Forget to Turn on Google Play Protect

Turning on Google Play Protect can help you to protect your phone from unwanted malicious apps. Google Play Protect will scan mobile applications before you download them.


(6) Uninstall Bad Apps


On Android phones, you can scan all your apps by going to Settings → Applications. Show all applications by checking “All” in the drop-down menu at the top, then start scanning the list.

  1. Select the app you wish to uninstall.
  2. Select “Clear cache”. (Android users may need to click “Storage” first.)
  3. Next, select “Clear data”.
  4. Choose “Uninstall”.

So, there are 6 ways to avoid malicious applications. No matter how sophisticated your cellphone is, make sure you keep using it carefully to avoid malware and viruses that can harm you.


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