ESET, a global pioneer in proactive protection for 25-years, have provided security tips for mobile and tablet users to spot the latest android scam (bad) apps. ESET also conveys cybercriminals always finds new tricks every month to fool phone and tablet users into downloading malware.
Beware if an app you're waiting on arrives early
Cybercriminals read the news and target fake versions of apps around the release dates of real, eagerly anticipated apps.
Beware of "free" versions of famous apps
Sites offering "free" APKs of famous, top-selling apps can offer the same app, but modified to add other functions including adware and key loggers.
Too good to be true? It probably is
An app can even have a high star rating, but only because it forces users to give a high rating before downloading.
If something pops up that seems to be a dream come true, read the reviews, and search outside of the store you are buying
Think like you're shopping on eBay
Not everything on Google's Play Store can be trusted
It is necessary to check the ratings, developer's details and reviews.
Don't be fooled by "bargain" sites
Any site offering free APKs of popular Android titles should be regarded with extreme suspicion.
If you stick to sites such as Google Play, Amazon's App Store and GetJar, you will be much safer - although "bad" apps can still sneak into those.
Good apps can "turn bad"
Be wary of in-app purchases - some apps use these to direct users to unsafe sites.
Read through every app's permissions
If an app is requesting a huge amount of information, and it's just a screensaver, alarm clock or photo editor, don't install.
Google's "Verify Apps" can help
In Android 4.2, it can be enabled under Settings, Security - and offers a warning if an app may harm your device.