Beware from these 29 Android Apps which were removed from Google Play Store!

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Photo-editing apps have become all the rage now. The increasing craze of people to edit photos before posting them to various social media sites has led to an increase in the number of beautification apps on Play Store. Play Store has a number of Android apps promising to transform your everyday photos into perfect pictures. But not all of these Android apps are safe to use. Some of these apps have been found spying on you and apparently also stealing your private photos.

Recently Google has removed 29 beauty apps from Play Store after it was confirmed by security firm Trend Micro. These apps pushed intrusive screen ads and stole phone data including private photos. The research report notes that some of these Android apps were downloaded millions of times with a large number of the download counts from India.

Why Google removed 29 Android Apps from Play Store?

According to the report, there is no misuse in these apps at the time of installing them. It is only when deleting these apps, you will see the weird behaviour of the apps. These apps create a shortcut after being launched which is hidden from the app drawer making it difficult to uninstall them from the device. Some of these apps push full-screen malicious ads such as spam content and inappropriate images on to the phone screen via the user’s browser.

Some of these apps would redirect you to fake websites asking you for your private details like your address and phone number. Another set of these beauty apps were found stealing user’s photo. Instead of uploading the user’s photo to the designated server the app would upload it to a private server and use them for bad activities such as using them on inappropriate websites or to create fake social media accounts.

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List of Apps containing malicious activities

Google has deleted these twenty-nine apps from its play store. Here is the full list:

  1. Pro Camera Beauty
  2. Cartoon Art Photo
  3. Emoji Camera
  4. Artistic effect Filter
  5. Art Editor
  6. Beauty Camera
  7. Selfie Camera Pro
  8. Horizon Beauty Camera
  9. Super Camera
  10. Art Effects for Photo
  11. Awesome Cartoon Art
  12. Art Filter Photo
  13. Art Filter Photo Effects
  14. Cartoon Effect
  15. Art Effect
  16. Photo Editor
  17. Wallpapers HD
  18. Magic Art Filter Photo Editor
  19. Fill Art Photo Editor
  20. ArtFlipPhotoEditing
  21. Art Filter
  22. Cartoon Art Photo
  23. Prizma Photo Effect
  24. Cartoon Art Photo Filter
  25. Art Filter Photo Editor
  26. Pixture
  27. Art Effect
  28. Photo Art Effect
  29. Cartoon Photo Filter

Precautions

The firm said that a large number of download counts are actually from Asia that too particularly India. Google has already deleted these apps from the Play Store. But if you have any app of the above list on your smartphone then you should uninstall them right away. We already have an article on how to keep your smartphone free from hackers, Must Read: Click Here.

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Which app do you use to edit your photos? Let us know in the comment section below! We personally would recommend using apps like Lightrooms mobile, Snapseed, Picsart, and VSCO. These apps are totally safe to use as of now. Stay tuned to TechBurner for more awesome content!

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