Millions of Android owners must learn app trick to avoid devastating mistake | The Sun

ALL Android phone owners should make sure they know a key trick to staying safe online.

One of the most important features on an Android phone is the ability to delete an app.

It's less obvious than on an iPhone, and can save you from a world of trouble.

Cyber-experts constantly expose dodgy apps that have made their way onto the Google Play Store – and racked up millions of downloads.

And even if Google bans those apps from the store, they will still persist on your phone if you've downloaded them.

These apps could be draining your battery life, spamming you with ads, or even spying on everything you do.

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So being able to fully a delete a rogue app from your phone is essential to staying safe online.

It's important to always check the latest cybersecurity news for Android phones to see if you've got any dodgy apps.

How to delete apps on Android

To delete an app that you've installed, you'll need to open the Google Play Store app.

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Then go to the top-right and tap the profile icon.

Now tap Manage Apps and Devices > Manage.

Tap the name of the app that you can to delete, and then choose Uninstall.

If you've made a mistake, you can always add the app back to your phone.

If you bought it, reinstallation is totally free.

Some apps that come pre-installed with your Android phone are impossible to delete – but can often be "disabled".

How to spot dangerous apps

We've recently spoke to cybersecurity expert Grant Wyatt to find out what you need to look out for.

Grant, who is COO off cyber firm MIRACL, gave The Sun seven tips for using Android apps safely.

#1 – Check the downloads

"Rule number one when downloading popular apps from the Google Play Store is check the download count," Grant told The Sun.

"If you’re about to download a hugely popular app, but the download count seems low, chances are it's a fake."

#2 – Dodgy permissions?

"Probably the most important thing is the PERMISSIONS that the app requires," Grant explained.

"Are they appropriate for the app? Specifically look for apps that require access to your contact list, or permission to send text messages, for example.

"Think, does the app really need those permissions? You have to use your judgement.

"A mistake here can be really damaging, apps with network permission can 'sniff' any data you send, and apps with keyboard permissions can 'sniff' any passwords you type – avoid downloading apps that require them."

#3 – Read the description

"Similarly, read the product description," Grant told us.

"If the description is written in broken English, seems “bot-like”, or is formatted in a strange way, it’s likely a fake.

"While you’re checking out the product description, take a look at the images too. Is there anything strange about them?

"Are they blurry, or does the language seem off? If so, it’s likely a fake."

#4 – Who made it?

Grant warned: "You should also look carefully at the developer of the app, particularly for finance apps.

"Make sure the developer is legitimately a financial institution.

"If the developer’s name has nothing to do with your bank, it’s likely a fake."

#5 – Use reports!

"If you do come across a fake app, you should report it," Grant said, speaking to The Sun.

"Simply scroll to the bottom of the page, click 'Flag as inappropriate'.

"From there, you simply fill out a form highlighting your suspicions that the developer is up to no good, and Google will take it from there."

#6 – Don't be afraid to delete

"Should you mistakenly download a fake app, delete it immediately," Grant advised.

"If the icon doesn’t show up on your screen, which often happens with data harvesting applications, head over to your application settings and delete it from there.

"However, just deleting the app doesn’t mean you’re no longer infected.

"You need to run antivirus software on your device to ensure the malware is truly gone.

"You should also delete all junk files on your phone to remove any trace of the malware."

#7 – Lock down your accounts

"Finally, you should change all of your passwords, and consider implementing multi-factor authentication wherever possible," Grant recommended.

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"Implementing MFA will ensure that should you fall victim to a fake app again, the cybercriminal behind it won’t be able to access your account.

"The best providers will allow for single-step MFA, which gives you all the protection of traditional MFA, but without having to faff about with SMS or email codes."

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