Presence of Fleeceware applications at Google Play store

Presence of Fleeceware applications at Google Play store

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Security researchers from Sophos say they've discovered a new set of "fleeceware" apps that appear to have been downloaded and installed by more than 600 million Android users. The term fleeceware is a recent addition to the cyber-security jargon. It was coined by UK cyber-security firm Sophos last September following an investigation that discovered a new type of financial fraud on the official Google Play Store. Security researchers have discovered a set of Fleeceware apps in the Play Store installed by more than 600 million Android users. As its name implies, these programs are designed to deceive users. They do this by charging more weekly, monthly or yearly access to services such as astrology, video editing, screenshot and beautification of selfie images. In most cases, developers first provide the user with a free short-term service and then demand an unfair fee for a better service. Security researchers have discovered a set of Fleeceware apps in the Play Store installed by more than 600 million Android users. As its name implies, these programs are designed to deceive users. They do this by charging more weekly, monthly or yearly access to services such as astrology, video editing, screenshot and beautification of selfie images. In most cases, developers first provide the user with a free short-term service and then demand an unfair fee for a better service. This seems to be a common practice for many applications, and it can lead to inaccurate user accounts. The funny thing is that even those who drop out of the program before the free trial expires will also be charged a subscription fee. This method of fraud has undoubtedly moved the boundaries of the risks of using malicious software. Here's a look at 21 examples of Fleeceware Android apps (in order of popularity). It is best to avoid these programs to avoid any potential danger.

  • GO Keyboard
  • GO Keyboard Lite
  • GO SMS Pro
  • Z Camera
  • S Photo Editor
  • Filmigo
  • GO Security
  • Wonder Video
  • V Recorder
  • VCut
  • Fortunemirror
  • GO Recorder
  • Clipvue
  • Filmix
  • ScreenRecorder
  • Master Recorder
  • Astrofun
  • Easysnap
  • Face X Play
  • Photo Recovery & Video Recovery
  • V Recorder Lite
 Presence of Fleeceware applications at Google Play store

Fleeceware applications have a high number of installations. Some of them have ten millions of installs, suggesting that the threat actors behind these apps may use third-party payment services to increase the number of installed apps, and forge five-star reviews to boost their ranking in the Play Store and attract many users. Users of Android devices using the Play Store to install apps are advised not to install "free trial" apps that offer subscription-based charges after a brief trial.

If you have a trial application, make sure that deleting the program will not only remove the trial, but the entire application.