Fake Android Apps Are Becoming A Real Problem For Smart Phone Makers

The rise of the smart phone in recent years has been nothing short of amazing. It was only about ten years ago where cell phones were cheap enough that the average person could afford them. Now we have the equivalent of a mini computer in our pockets when we walk around. That is a great thing and something that we as a society should be proud of.

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One of the smart phones that are leading the way is phones that carry the Android operating system inside of it. Even though Palm and Blackberry smart phones were first on the scene and IPhones were the ones that made the trend bloom, it has been the Android based phones which have been the highest sellers in recent years. And if you take a look at the phone then you would know why. They are sleek, easy to use, of the highest technology caliber and are usually cheaper than an IPhone. The price is the biggest reason why more and more people are starting to purchase an Android based phone more than an IPhone. But as amazing as these phones are, there is a dark side as well.

The dark side of Android based phones

For years, we had to deal with the insecurity of most computers. Whether it was a hacker being able to break into the system over the internet or a virus that was able to sneak inside, our computers have been and still are very vulnerable. But that is something that we have gotten used to and we take the proper security measures to make sure that it is not a problem. For the most part, if you have the proper software installed on your computer such as an updated antivirus and a working firewall then you will find that your computer is usually safe against the bad guys. There is still a chance that they can do damage but it is at a much smaller percentage. But with smart phones, we are not prepared when it comes to securing them. Even though they are like mini computers we use them in a different way and most of the phones have a different underlying architecture than your normal computer. And because of this we still treat them a little different than we do computers, especially when it comes to security. And that must change. For a lot of people the smart phone is becoming the main way that they use the internet and we are starting to see the security problems of the past catch up with them.

What to look out for on your android phone

Just like on your computer, you have to watch out for different pieces of malware that might be lying around on the internet. While most web sites do not have malware that is made for a smart phone, some do and those are the ones that you need to be worried about. The black hat hackers out there are getting smarter so you have to stay one step ahead of them at all times.

While malware made for your phone is a serious concern, the main problem that you see now on Android based phones is not viruses but fake apps. The biggest appeal to the smart phone revolution is the fact that you are able to add apps to your phone. That means you are able to spread the functionality of your phone into different areas. With abilities like this, each person is able to turn their phone into something they want. Some people make their phone more suited to business. Other people change their phones into something that is more like a gaming machine. The apps on the phone really change and personalize it.

But sometimes people become too caught up in their apps. They do not take the time to see which ones they are installing or how safe they really are. When you are dealing with the IPhone, the apps have to go through a screening process and for the most part they cost money. With Android phones, there is no screening process and most of the apps are free. This causes there to be a lot more fake or spam apps in the marketplace. So with Android based phones you have to really watch out when it comes to the apps that you are downloading.

Android based phones are great and most of the apps that are available in the market place are safe. But to be on the safe side, read the reviews of the app to see if there are any problems with it. Also, if you have a powerful smart phone, run some sort of protection software on it. It will really pay off in the end.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. You still didn’t tell us how to spot “fake” apps…. unless you are referring to the apps on the “Market” that just plain don’t quite do what the developer says it would do. I found a lot of that is that the apps don’t work on certain phone but will on others… Like an app that works on my Samsung Fascinate sometimes may not work on my wife’s DroidX. Is this a fake app you are refering to? What about custom Android ROMs that may have phishing built into them? That is what concerns me!

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