In what is becomes a regular ritual, Google has removed a scammy Android malicious app from the Google Play Store. This time, the offender is guilty FlixOnline, a malware app that dragged people in by pretending to offer them free Netflix access. The banishment from the Play Store is great, but it is your responsibility to remove it from the device if you spring sucked to download it at any time.
While most Lifehacker readers were probably smart enough to avoid the app̵
If you installed the FlixOnline app in the hope that you would be able to stream The Queen’s Gambit without cost, you were wrong. Instead of giving app “Overlay”, “Battery Optimization Ignore” and “Notification” permissions, you gave it everything it needed to do to earn fake logins across legitimate apps, run forever and access (or respond to) all of your device alerts. And if you have WhatsApp installed, the situation gets even worse, like Check Point Research describes:
Check Point Research (CPR) recently discovered malicious software on Google Play hidden in a fake application that is capable of spreading via users’ WhatsApp messages. If the user downloaded the fake application and unknowingly gave malicious software the correct permissions, malicious software is able to automatically respond to the victim’s incoming WhatsApp messages with a payload received from a command-and-control (C&C) server. This unique method could have enabled threatening actors to distribute phishing attacks, spread false information or steal credentials and data from users’ WhatsApp accounts and more. ”
You probably remember whether you installed the FlixOnline app or not – you probably would have done so in the last few months. If you have it and youhas ruin it, it may not appear in your app drawer as a result of its ability to hide its own icon. Instead vis the unit’s response to Settings> Apps and alerts> App info to remove it (your Android devices specific path may vary).
You also want to change password for everyone apps and services you use on your device, just in case. This is especially true if you have done so had to log in (or log in again in) to any of your apps or services at the time since you installed FlixOnline. Finally, use this as a learning moment and focus on improvement your safety habits forwards. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is; if you are not sure, a quick Web search is usually all you need to do for Find out if an app is legitimate or incredibly suspicious.