A study reveals that many of the antiviruses for Android are potentially dangerous and contain malware to steal your data.
Android, although it has recently improved its security, has certain problems with some fraudulent applications and malware that are in the Play Store in the form of legitimate apps. Recently, after the WannaCry attack, many of these applications began to rise as foam, in the form of antivirus, before the fear of many users of a potential hijacking of their data, something very impossible if we analyze how WannaCry works.
And is that many of these antivirus apps that have been coming to the Android Play Store promising to be a barrier against malware attacks like WannnaCry, are illegitimate and, properly speaking, malware in full. A recent study has looked at 655 available applications in the form of ‘antivirus’ in the Play Store, revealing that about 131 popular applications include spyware that has skipped alarms from legitimate antivirus lists like VirusTotal and another legitimate anti-virus Free.
Although applications and websites such as VirusTotal may give false positives, about 10% of these Android-based antivirus products contained malicious code, which could jeopardize the security and privacy of users’ data.
In addition, other analysts like RiskIQ put the number at about 20%, and although there is no clear consensus, experts point out that many of these applications that take advantage of the hysteria and fear of its users are potentially dangerous. You may even more than attacks you want to avoid.
The best thing for these cases is to use common sense, not install apps from unknown sources and rely only on certified developers if we are to put their security in their custody. The Play Store is full of legitimate and consolidated alternatives in the market, and despite the unlikely need for an antivirus, We recommend only to install verified applications.