Some time ago, it became known that many people fall for certain rogue apps for Android phones. Cybersecurity firm Lookout revealed that it has tracked down at least 172 apps that deceive users. Although measures have already been taken to remove these apps from the Play Store, Google is still battling the consequences.
Eight more apps will be banned
This time, Google has banned eight more apps from the Google Play Store. Again, these are crypto mining apps that don’t keep their promises to users. Many of these fake crypto mining apps require users to pay for the service, but the apps simply don’t mine cryptocurrencies. So for users, this is a complete waste of money.
The promise of a cloud mining service is not kept. For this reason, Google has removed and banned the apps. These are the following applications: Bitfunds, Bitcoin Miner, Bitcoin (BTC),Crypto Holic, Daily Bitcoin Rewards, Bitcoin 2021, MineBitPro and Ethereum (ETH).
These applications were identified by cybersecurity company Trend Micro. While removing these rogue apps is a good move, Trend Micro notes that there are still at least 120 similar apps available on the Google Play Store. So there is still a lot to do for Google.
In addition, Trend Micro states that at least 4,500 users have fallen victim to these fake applications. Often they paid for a service, but ultimately received no consideration.
How to avoid fake apps?
Trend Micro gives some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of such applications. First of all, it is important to read the reviews in the Google Play Store. Even though many 5-star reviews may be fake, there is always something to learn from these reviews. If there are many 1-star reviews, these often come from legitimate users with bad experiences.
Another way to checkif an app has bad intentions is to enter a wrong wallet address. If it is a legitimate app, the wrong address will not be accepted. However, it turns out that the fake applications simply go along with this.
The fact is that there are still a large number of fake apps in the Google Play Store. So be very careful when choosing an app that promises to mine crypto on an Android phone.
Sarah has been working in the field of crypto news for several years. She writes as a freelance author for various trade magazines on blockchain, bitcoin and altcoins. She also has a professional background in finance with a focus on investment and new forms of financing.