Official warning to billions of Android phone owners – don’t make a big mistake

There are literally millions of Android apps to choose from – and they’re not all on the Google Play Store.

Unlike iPhone and iOS, you can download Android apps outside of the official store.

Don't take unnecessary risks with what you download


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This is to make the operating system as open as possible.

But it has a dangerous downside.

Downloading content outside of Google’s control means these unverified apps could be riddled with viruses and other worrying hacks.

Shady apps manage to slip through the net into the Google Play Store, but even then, Google has the power to shut them down to prevent anyone else from being hacked.

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If you download a third-party app, there is no such protection at all.

Apps are technically known as APK files and there are many websites that offer them.

Sometimes pirated apps are also available on it, which is a whole different problem.

Hackers often use this to lure in users trying to save some quick money.

It’s not worth the risk – let alone theft.

Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t.

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You just don’t get the same level of protection outside of Google’s secure confines.

If you need to download a third-party app, at least scan it with antivirus software before installing it.

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