With the current popularity of mobile devices, it may seem more practical to send an e-card to your sweetheart this coming Valentine’s Day. But you should also beware because you might be inflicting your beloved’s device with an Android malware. If that happens, you might face trouble in the day of the hearts.
Researchers from Bitdefender are alarmed that Valentine-related scams across the mobile platform are presently on the rise. They noted that such malware even saw a 10% increase in just a day sometime in January. And as February 14 approaches, it is to be expected that cases of Android malware infection will further rise.
The security vendor recently released a report that noted how such Valentine’s Day apps could demand undue permissions. In the process, those could violate users’ privacy, rack up users’ phone bills, and even possibly cause identity theft.
Some dangerous apps uncovered
One of the examples of the popular malware-inflicted apps today is the so-called ‘Valentine’s Day 2014 Wallpaper.’ The app is supposed to transmit user’s location online and read his browsing history in the process. The Wallpaper, according to Bitdefender, is already something to look at. Obviously, there is no justification for asking permissions just to use Wallpapers.
‘Valentine’s Day Frames’ asks to read user’s contacts list. It is logically an odd request because the app is only intended to adorn user’s romantic photographs with themed frames for the season. How would it possibly make use of your contacts list in doing that task?
‘Love Letters for Chat, Status’ is another classic example. Its nominal purpose obviously is to share love quotes, letters, and even poems to the user’s dearest friends. But Bitdefender recently discovered that the app can send email without the user’s awareness and even make phone calls, change audio settings, and modify calendar events without your permission.
Targeting Android users
In many cases, according to Bitdefender, the apps are not the real source of malware. But some ad-placing networks could do the trick even without the full knowledge of the developers of those special apps.
What is bothering the company, though, is that many of those infected mobile apps are presently readily available for downloading over at Google Play store. Thus, most of those are targeting unsuspecting Android device users. If you are thinking about downloading any of those Valentine’s Day apps this season, better check your mobile security first.