ANDROID users have been warned that some hugely popular apps on the Google Play Store could put them at risk.
Despite initially being alerted to this last week, a lot of the ‘dangerous’ apps still remain available to download.
According to a VPNpro team, a number of popular Android apps could be exposing users to critical vulnerabilities.
They went on to stress that downloading the apps could put people at risk of attack from hackers.
The worst offending app listed is one called SuperVPN Free VPN Client.
This app remains on the Play Store and has been installed over 100 million times so far.
Apps to watch out for
Here’s the main apps the experts have labelled as ‘dangerous’…
- SuperVPN Free VPN Client
- TapVPN Free VPN
- Best Ultimate VPN – Fastest Secure Unlimited VPN
- Korea VPN – Plugin for OpenVPN
- Wuma VPN-PRO (Fast & Unlimited & Security) – recently removed from Play Store
- VPN Unblocker Free unlimted Best Anonymous Secure
- VPN Download: Top, Quick & Unblock Sites – recently removed from Play Store
- Super VPN 2019 USA – Free VPN, Unblock Proxy VPN
- Secure VPN-Fast VPN Free & Unlimited VPN
- Power VPN Free VPN
People who have downloaded the virtual private network (VPN) could be putting their personal details at risk.
This includes credit card information, photos and private conversations that hackers could reportedly access through the app.
Writing on the VPNpro blog, expert Jan Youngren said: “The implications here are pretty dire.
“Based on our research, more than 105 million people could right now be having their credit card details stolen, their private photos and videos leaked or sold online, every single minute of their private conversations recorded and sent to a server in a secret location.
“They could be browsing a fake, malicious website set up by the hacker and aided by these dangerous VPN apps.”
VPNpro warned against this app and a number of others last week but many of them still remain on the Play Store.
What’s rather concerning is that the SuperVPN Free VPN Client appears to have some good reviews, although a lot of users complain about the amount of ads it shows.
One wrote: “It Contains lots of ads. Which is not a big problem as it’s a free app. But it contains some sexual ads, vulgar ads, inappropriate ads.
“Some are skippable, some are not. Unskippable vulgar ads are super annoying especially when you are in a public place.”
Another commented: “After a few days, may fb acc had been blocked.. Fb said there was someone tried my password on a website that looks like fb.. I have this fb acc 10 yrs, and didn’t experience this kind of thing ever since I installed this app. Now I uninstalled it..”
It’s unclear why this app and the several others that have been brought into question remain on the app store.
We have reached out to Google for comment.
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