Google Play Store is home to a large number of Android applications. In the meantime, it is additionally home to malicious applications hoping to take your information. There are strict rules set up, and Google has conveyed numerous strategies to check this practice. Fake Android apps in the Play Store are an issue. Individuals make postings intended to look precisely like accepted applications, regularly utilize a similar symbol and name, to fool you into downloading it—at that point attacking you with promotions.
This issue has been particularly notable lately. A fake version of WhatsApp was downloaded by more than one million individuals a year ago, and merely this week Reddit’s/r/android network found a false form of the prevalent SwiftKey console and a promotion baffled variant of VLC on the Play Store. The initial two were removed in the wake of standing out as truly newsworthy and keeping in mind that Google was at first hesitant to expel the fake VLC application, it was at long last brought down.
Recognizing Features of Apps in Search Results
The initial step engaged with downloading and introducing an application is to look for the name of the application. While by and large, there would be just a single adaptation of the application. If somebody is endeavoring to copy and fake app, they will attempt to copy the name and symbol of the application.
Check App Developer’s Name
Regardless of whether by some coincidence, two applications with a similar name and symbol are transferred to the Google Play Store, the likelihood of them having a similar developer name is practically none. In such circumstances where you can’t recognize numerous applications with the same name or symbol, take a look at the designer’s name.
On the off chance that you are not ready to distinguish or separate between the genuine and fake developer, click on the name of the developer to see whether they have distributed some other applications on Google Play Store or they have reliable positive appraisals from the clients. If any of these criteria isn’t fulfilled, at that point, the application may most likely be a false one.
Check App’s Description and Screenshots
Some of the time, nearly everything else about the application’s posting in the Google Play Store appears to be usual or undefined from the different applications. Be that as it may, it is in every case great to peruse the application’s portrayal composed by the designer and the screenshots of the application.
Authentic designers give fantastic screenshots of their application’s UI alongside a portrayal that clarifies the highlights and features of the application. If you don’t discover such screen captures or application portrayals for an application with a comparative name to that of a well-known application, at that point you may take a look at a fake application here.
Break Down the App Reviews
Since there are a considerable number of individuals who use Android phones, there is a decent possibility that numerous individuals have officially utilized the application that you were going to download. The vast majority of these clients may have shared their audits and appraised the app as well. Continuously proceed to peruse a few reviews before you hop to the installing procedure. Only for an example, see a lot of surveys from a Photo Gallery application from Google Play Store that may alarm you.
Malicious applications will regularly have fake audits. However, there are likewise prone to be some authentic surveys from clients who understood the application was false in the wake of introducing it. A fast skim will, for the most part, be everything necessary—search for the negative audits and see what the issues are. If it’s fake, ideally, somebody has called it out in the reviews.
Check App Permissions Requested
Most fake applications expect to get however many downloads as could be allowed with the goal that they can acquire cash by either showing a tremendous amount of adware or Spamware to the clients or gather clients’ information.
Along these lines, before you introduce any application, take a look at the rundown of application consents referenced on the portrayal page. In the case of anything appears to be odd, similar to a display application mentioning a contact’s subtleties, tune application saying for camera consent, they are more probable fake Android applications.
Moves You Can Make Against Fake Android Apps
Thus, you found an application in the Google Play Store, which you believe is fake. Presently what? There is a straightforward yet proficient approach to disclose to Google that there is a fake or harmful application listed in the Play Store. You should to open the application page and look down to the portrayal segment.
Under the heading Report, you will discover a choice to “Flag as Inappropriate.” This will take you to a page where you will be approached to pick a purpose behind reporting the application. Select the reason as ‘Copycat or Impersonation’ among different reasons.