Android users are being warned about fake Google Play Store apps which can steal sensitive login details.
Android is one of the most used pieces of software in the world, with the Google mobile OS running on over two billion devices each and every month.
But Android fans are no strangers to being put on alert about security alerts which can be spread via the Google Play Store.
Recently Android fans were warned about six malware-filled Android apps that were housed on the Google Play Store which were downloaded 90million times.
While another recent threat saw 50 malware-filled apps on the Google Play Store infect over 30million Android devices.
And now Android fans are being warned about more apps that were located on the Google Play Store which they need to be aware of.
Security experts at Malwarebytes are warning about fake Instagram assistance apps that steal users’ passwords.
These Android apps claim to boost an Instagram user’s likes and increase the amount of followers they have.
One app that Malwarebytes highlighted was called Followkade, which had over 50,000 installs and a 4.0 rating from almost 7,000 reviewers.
Luckily for Android users in the UK, Europe and US the fake Instagram assistance apps Malwarebytes spotted were targeting users in the east.
The security experts said: “There are many apps that pose as so-called helpers piggybacking off the social media craze.
“Some of them are legitimate apps that might be able to help users boost likes and followers as advertised.
“However, malware authors can too easily mimic the above board apps, and they bank on users’ desire to find fast validation through social media acceptance.
“The other two apps that we found, LikeBegir and Aseman Security, also target Iranian users, as does Followkade.
“LikeBegir claims it will increase likes, help users buy cheap coins, and provide daily gifts.
“Aseman Security, ironically, boasts that it will boost security for your Instagram page and prevent it from being hacked.
“I would imagine there aren’t a lot of Iranian Instagram assistance apps on Google Play, so it’s an easy target for malware authors of that region.
“In these cases, picking a highly-rated and installed app isn’t much help to be safe.”
Advising Instagram fans how to stay safe, Malwarebytes said: “If you’re looking to boost your Instagram community, it’s a lot safer to do it the old-fashioned way: by creating quality content with well-edited, creative photos.
“Take the time to write engaging captions with appropriate hashtags to attract others.
“And build your community by following and interacting with other top content creators you truly appreciate—not just using the follow for a follow model.
“And if you’re interested in securing your Instagram account, once again, the old-fashioned ways win out.
“Be sure to use strong password credentials, which means long passwords that don’t have easily guessable information such as birthdays or family names, and nothing that has been used for another account.”
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