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All Android owners warned to delete ‘popular app’ silently stealing your texts, photos and contacts – a text is the clue

All Android owners warned to delete ‘popular app’ silently stealing your texts, photos and contacts – a text is the clue


ANDROID users have warned about a new strain of malware called XLoader.

Malware is a malicious file or code that can infect your phone or computer.

Android users have warned about a new strain of malware called XLoaderCredit: Getty – Contributor

And XLoader has been found to steal users’ data by disguising itself as Google Chrome, experts said.

This malicious software has been detected so far in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

HOW DOES THE MALWARE WORK?

NewsBytes reported that the malware is distributed through SMS text messages.

The texts contain a shortened URL link that when clicked installs the malware onto the user’s device.

Once users grant the malware permission to access their phones, it can steal photos, messages, contacts, and IMEI numbers.

THINGS TO KNOW

Thankfully, Android devices with Google Play Protect are safeguarded from this type of malware.

Play Protect should be enabled by default, but just in case you don’t have it, here’s how to get it.

The app is available to download for free on the Google Play store if it’s not automatically downloaded onto your device.

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Open the Google Play Store app and then tap your profile icon in the top right.

Now tap Settings, and then look under About to see if your device is Play Protect certified.

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To turn it on or off, open the Play Store and then tap the profile icon.

Tap Play Protect > Settings and then turn Scan Apps With Play Protect on or off.

OTHER TIPS TO STAY SAFE

For starters, it’s important to always keep your device updated with the latest software.

You should also avoid installing apps from unofficial system stores, and even then, do your research.

Furthermore, you should never download anything from strange pop-up windows or suspicious-looking websites.

It’s also important to install an antivirus on your device so it can scan for any malware.

These simple precautions can help protect users from falling victim to XLoader and other similar malware threats.



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