Go4Mobility has prepared a list of advice to help users for this threat, since in a context of crisis, such as the one currently experienced with COVID-19, cyber-attacks campaigns proliferate.
An App that has been recently released by a “small” programmer should not normally have a large number of downloads. If this is the case, this is a behavior that may indicate fake downloads. The higher the number of downloads, there is consequently an increase in their reliability as well.
Comments and reviews from users are very important. Be aware of the number of ratings assigned to App. The higher the number, the safer the application will be. Be careful with applications with low ratings, and if the download rate for rating doesn’t make sense, maybe its better if you think twice before downloading the application.
Consequently, view and filter the comments. Fraudulent Apps may have fake comments, usually repeated, and only one word or line to assign the highest rating.
Inside the page of each App, we can know more. We can read or watch summary videos or its presentation. Therefore, value well written texts, without grammatical errors and with complete descriptions.
Also, research on the application programmer can reveal a lot about the content of the App. As a result, search Google, check if there is an official site, and if it has SSL security certification, which demonstrates that Google trusts the site.
So, do not access links that are available online to download applications. When browsing outside the Play Store (Google) or App Store (Apple) you may download suspicious software. In addition, official stores evaluate all applications before making them available because they verify their authenticity.
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