ANDROID users have been warned that some Google Play Store apps can reveal their passwords and personal information.
Experts estimate that nearly 20,000 apps are potentially endangering Americans.
It is feared that users’ date of birth, bank details and passwords could be inadvertently revealed.
Many of the affected apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, according to The Daily Express.
Avast researchers have discovered the flaw in a wide variety of apps such as lifestyle and gaming.
Some mail apps also suffered from the vulnerability.
It is believed that this bug was caused by developers of the Firebase app.
Avast’s Vladimir Martyanov, a malware researcher, said Firebase users’ personal information could be at risk.
He told Security Brief, “Each of these open instances is a data breach event waiting to happen and can pose critical business, legal, and regulatory risks if they occur.”
The expert asked developers to check their databases so that the data of Android users can be protected.
Cyber experts advised users to remove eight cryptocurrency apps after being maliciously labeled.
Users should remove apps like Bitcoin Miner – Cloud Mining, Ethereum – Pool Mining Cloud, Bitcoin 2021, and Crypto Holic – Bitcoin Cloud Mining.
According to TrendMicro, the cryptocurrency apps are fake and trick victims into viewing ads and paying money.
They claim that they can make huge profits for the users.
Some users have been tricked into paying $ 15 a month for subscription services.
Download Crypto Holic: Daily Bitcoin Rewards, Bitcoin Cloud Miner, and Crypto Holic are $ 12.99 and $ 5.99, respectively.
Google announced this month that it would be removing support for Maps and YouTube from older Android phones.
This could keep millions around the world locked out of key software – unless they update their software or buy a new cell.
The tech giant announced that it will stop users from signing into their Google account on devices running Android 2.3 starting September 27.
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