Four security-risk Android apps you need to delete today

A cybersecurity firm has warned more than one million Google Play users to delete four security-risk Android apps that are a danger to their privacy. 

The research by MalwareBytes has found the four infected apps are:  

  • Bluetooth App Sender
  • Bluetooth Auto Connect
  • Driver: Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi
  • Mobile Transfer: smart switch

The apps combined have had more than one million downloads and pose a serious identity theft and scams risk.  

What you need to know about the four security-risk Android apps

Initially when users download the apps, everything seems fine. But MalwareBytes says the apps use delayed behaviour to trick people. 

A couple of days after the app is downloaded it will start showing malicious behaviour like opening phishing sites in Chrome. 

The cybersecurity provider points out that not all phishing sites are dangerous. Some are just to produce pay per click but there can be some dangerous ones among them. 

For example, on Chrome an adult content site could open up and then tell users that they’ve been infected, they need to download another app or an update is required.

Some tabs can even open in the background without you knowing and whilst your phone is locked. 

The virus is more serious as MalwareBytes say all the evidence shows it’s more than getting past Google Play Protect detection. This type of malware is known as Trojan HiddenAds.

If you have any of these apps, it has been recommended that you delete them as soon as possible.