Millions of Android owners need to learn app tricks to avoid devastating mistakes

ALL Android phone owners should make sure they know an important trick to stay safe online.

One of the most important features on an Android phone is the ability to delete an app.

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It’s less obvious than on an iPhone and can save you from a world of trouble.

Cyber ​​experts are constantly uncovering questionable apps that have made their way onto the Google Play Store – and garnered millions of downloads.

And even if Google bans these apps from the Store, once you’ve downloaded them, they’ll still be on your phone.

These apps could drain your battery life, spam you with ads, or even spy on everything you do.

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Therefore, being able to completely delete a rogue app from your phone is important to stay safe online.

It’s important to always check the latest cyber security news for Android phones to see if you have any shady apps.

How to delete apps on Android

To delete an installed app, you need to open the Google Play Store app.

Then go to the top right and tap on the profile icon.

Now tap on Manage apps and devices > Manage.

Tap the name of the app you can delete, then select Uninstall.

If you made a mistake, you can always add the app back to your phone.

If you bought it, reinstallation is completely free.

Some apps that come pre-installed with your Android phone can’t be deleted – but can often be “disabled”.

How to recognize dangerous apps

We recently spoke to cybersecurity expert Grant Wyatt to find out what to look out for.

Grant, who is COO of cyber company MIRACL, gave The sun Seven tips for using Android apps safely.

#1 – Check the downloads

“The number one rule when downloading popular apps from the Google Play Store is to check the number of downloads,” Grant told The Sun.

“If you’re about to download an extremely popular app but the number of downloads seems low, it’s probably fake.”

#2 – Shady Permissions?

“Probably the most important thing is the PERMISSIONS that the app needs,” Grant explained.

“Are they suitable for the app? Look specifically for apps that need access to your contact list or permission to send text messages, for example.

“Think about it, does the app really need these permissions? You must use your judgment.

“Mistake here can be really harmful, apps with network permission can ‘sniff’ all data you send and apps with keyboard permissions can ‘sniff’ all passwords you type – avoid downloading apps that require them.” .”

#3 – Read the description

“Read the product description too,” Grant told us.

“If the description is in broken English, looks ‘bot-like’, or is formatted in an odd way, it’s probably fake.

“While looking at the product description, also look at the pictures. Is there anything strange about it?

“Are they blurry or does the language seem wrong? If so, it’s probably fake.”

#4 – Who made it?

Grant warned: “Especially with financial apps, you should also look closely at the developer of the app.

“Make sure the developer is a legitimate financial institution.

“If the developer’s name has nothing to do with your bank, it’s probably a fake.”

#5 – Use Reports!

“If you come across a fake app, you should report it,” Grant told The Sun.

“Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Report as inappropriate’.

“From there, you just fill out a form highlighting your suspicion that the developer is up to no good, and Google will take it from there.”

#6 – Don’t be afraid to erase

“If you accidentally download a fake app, delete it immediately,” Grant advised.

“If you don’t see the icon on your screen, which is often the case with data collection applications, go to your application settings and delete it from there.

“However, simply deleting the app does not mean that you are no longer infected.

“You need to run antivirus software on your device to make sure the malware is really gone.

“You should also clear all junk files on your phone to get rid of any trace of the malware.”

#7 – Ban your accounts

“Finally, you should change all your passwords and consider implementing multi-factor authentication wherever possible,” Grant recommended.

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“Implementing MFA ensures that if you fall victim to a fake app again, the cybercriminal behind it won’t be able to access your account.

“The best providers enable one-step MFA, giving you all the protection of a traditional MFA but without the hassle of SMS or email codes.”

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