A total of 23 most dangerous apps have been discovered on Google Play by the group of researchers specialized in cybersecurity Sophos Labs .
These apps contain software known as fleeceware in their code. This type of technique tries to take advantage of the ignorance of users to register them in subscription plans with excessive fees without them even knowing.
Among the applications, one can find “utilities” that charge abusive figures for carrying out simple tasks such as file conversion, wallpaper changes or even for predicting the future of users.
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As it has been discovered, some of these applications charged as absurd figures as $ 360 per month for changing the wallpaper of our mobile automatically .
When the researchers contacted Google to inquire about these types of abusive fees, the company specified that “subscription costs are set at the developer’s discretion.” For this reason, Google has only taken measures with some of the affected apps, and the rest are still present in the Google Play Store. In fact, the measures taken were only to force developers to change the way they display the description and terms of their free trial period.
In any case, since Google does not seem to be willing to take action on the matter, it is best to stay away from the affected applications . Here is the list of the 23 applications in which researchers have discovered fleeceware techniques with which it was intended to charge fees of up to 229 euros per year , or even $ 89.99 per week :
- File Converter & JPEG Converter
- Recover deleted photos, Photo backup
- Screen recorder: Game recorder
- Photo grid mixer: Insta grid & photogrid
- Search by Image: Image Search – Smart Search
- Dynamic Wallpaper
- Gametris Wallpaper
- Tell shortvideo
- Video Magician
- Xstar: Sleep and Mindfu – Apps on Google Play
- Palmistry Astrology
- Fortune mirror
- Prank Call Free Lite
- Fake Chat Conversation – Prank
- Old me
- My Replica 2: Ethnic Origin, Celebrity Look-Alike
- Live GO Map 2020 for Poke Radar
- IV GO Calculator for Poke GO Genie
- Hy G File Scanner
- Zynoa Wallpaper