The team here at PurpleJelly are proud to offer some of the best IT support in Aldershot, Hampshire and Surrey. As dedicated IT professionals, our expert team are committed to keeping our clients’ systems secure, so that their business can continue to run smoothly without any downtime and the resulting loss of custom. We always remain ever vigilant for the latest news and developments in security threats, so that we can keep our clients as safe as possible; the current threat of the moment is ANDROIDOS_LIBSKIN.A, a new malware file that’s sneaking into third-party app store downloads on to Android devices.
Your IT support Aldershot company want to offer our customers efficient security help. If you have an Android device, you’re probably most familiar with the Google Play Store, the official app store for most android devices, which allows you to safely download apps that Google have vetted before putting up on their store. Now, many of us know the warnings against downloading apps from third-party non-official app stores, so what makes so many users disregard the dangers? Well, it seems that third party app stores are so appealing simply due to the lower prices offered than by official stores. However, this discount comes at a price; the apps allowed on these stores aren’t monitored in the same way, and this lack of quality control means that malicious apps can slip in where they otherwise wouldn’t.
The apps themselves often appear legitimate and function normally, but contain malware that causes the mobile device to generate pop-ups that can trick the user into downloading more malicious apps – they do this obtaining root access to the phone, which is the highest level of access, giving the malware complete control over the device. The malware also uses this access to collect user data on the phone, meaning that any sensitive personal information stored on the mobile device is at risk.
These malicious apps have been spotted in third-party app stores including Aptoide, Mobogenie, 9apps and mobile9, but despite these stores being informed of the dangerous nature of certain apps, they have been left unchecked and still remain available for download, so android-users beware!