Fake apps are often found on the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. If the fake application is accidentally installed, it’s possible that the software can damage or infect your cellphone with malware.
Therefore, you should be cautious of fake applications on the Google Play Store or App Store. In order to avoid fake applications, let’s follow these five tips to avoid them as summarized from Makeofuse on Saturday (06/08/2019).
5 Tips to Avoid Fake Apps from App Stores
Keep Using the Official Application Store
Using the official app store is a basic precaution. Jailbreaking (iOS) or rooting (Android) to get access to a wider range of applications and features is not recommended because there will be some security compromises that you have to make in order to install unofficial apps or features.
Check the Application Review
You should check the review before you decide to install the applications. But, you might miss to check the review if you install mainstream and widely known apps like WhatsApp or Netflix and think that all apps with WhatsApp or Netflix brand is safe.
You should be careful not to install all applications claiming to be WhatsApp or Netflix. In fact, it is a well known method for scammers to target the famous brands with the hope that more victims will fall. That is why you need to check reviews for the application. The total number of reviews is also a great way to check whether the app is legit or not.
Check the Application Description
Grammar and bad punctuation are signs of unprofessional developers. Large companies usually hire copywriters to work in terms of rhetoric. Even if small developers don’t invest in writers, they will at least write down the basic function for the apps that they had made painstakingly.
A bad description might be a tell-tale of fake apps, beware of blatantly copy pasted description too.
Search for the App Developers on the Internet
The next effective way to avoid fake applications is to find out who the developer is. Developers will usually include their names under the application title so that they are easily recognized.
Please take extra caution if you decide to download from unknown or small scale developer.
Visit the Developer’s Website
If the name of the developer is unfamiliar, you should visit the website to find out more about the developer. Apple usually includes a link in the application description column, but it’s best to visit the website independently.
If the developer does not have their own official website, it might be a good idea to track down their social media or developer blog.