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Google removes 25 apps from the Play Store: here’s why you should delete them from your phone

On: July 6, 2020

Google is known for actively removing apps from the Play Store if they are found to be engaging in malicious activities and compromising user security and privacy. The Mountain View giant was quick to respond to the Indian government’s order to ban 59 Chinese apps and had blocked all of them, including TikTok, within a couple of days.

Also read: 59 Chinese apps banned in India: these are the best alternatives

The company also takes feedback from security research companies and removes apps that are found disregarding its security and privacy protocols. Last month, Google removed a total of 30 apps for malware threats from the Play Store. Now, the company has removed an additional 25 apps which were found to be stealing users’ Facebook credentials.

The 25 Android apps you should delete from your phone

  1. Super Wallpapers Flashlight
  2. Padenatef
  3. Wallpaper Level
  4. Contour Level wallpaper
  5. iPlayer & iWallpaper
  6. Video Maker
  7. Color Wallpapers
  8. Pedometer
  9. Powerful Flashlight
  10. Super Bright Flashlight
  11. Super Flashlight
  12. Solitare Game
  13. Accurate scanning of QR code
  14. Classic card game
  15. Junk file cleaning
  16. Synthetic Z
  17. File Manager
  18. Composite Z
  19. Screenshot Capture
  20. Daily Horoscope Wallpapers
  21. Wuxia Reader
  22. Plus Weather
  23. Anime Live Wallpaper
  24. Health Step Counter
  25. com.tqyapp.fiction

Google removes 25 apps from the Play Store for stealing Facebook credentials

Google has banned 30 apps for mimicking FB login page and stealing users' credentials

Google has banned 25 apps from the Play Store for stealing users’ Facebook credentials

Google removed the apps following a discovery by French cyber-security firm Evina. Evina reported that the invasive nature of these 25 apps are of a serious nature as they have a secret code that’s automatically activated when installed. The app then waits for the user to launch Facebook, and mimics the Facebook login page with an overlay of a web browser window on top of the Facebook app. Once the user enters their username and password, these credentials are sent to the hackers. Evina found the malicious code in 25 apps and reported them to Google.

After verifying the findings, Google was quick to remove these apps from the Play Store. Many of these apps were wallpaper and flashlight apps, and two of them had over 500,000 installs each. Since the apps are no longer available to download from the Play Store, you don’t need to worry about mistakenly installing them. However, if you have downloaded any of these apps on your phone, we suggest you delete them immediately and change your Facebook password.

Google earlier removed 30 apps citing malware threats

Google had previously removed 30 apps following a report by security research firm WhiteOps. According to the report, these apps were found pushing unwanted ads and redirecting users to random websites without requiring them to click on any link.

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