Reports of Malware on the increase with the help of The New Droid Admin App

One of Many reports popping up on Facebook

The Droid Admin App is an App which allows anyone to create their own ‘Store.’ Each of these stores containing the the creators choice of APKs ready to be downloaded. I have to say this right away raised red flags for me. My security OCD went into hyper-drive. It seemed obvious to me that it wouldn’t be long until the Malware reports would start. The ‘Stores’ can be made by absolutely anybody. Even those with very little knowledge or experience with APKs can easily create their own ‘Store’ They think they are doing a good thing sharing APKs with others. The fact that they are not Knowledgeable enough to be able to tell a ‘Safe’ APK from a Virus is were is starts to go wrong.

It Wasn’t long until it Ad Free EVERYTHING!

Of course it didn’t take long for the ‘Ad-Free’ APK Competition began. Its never a good idea to download an untrusted APK which has been tampered with by someone anonymous. These ‘Mods’ are done without the Original App Developers knowledge nor permission. They have caused so many problems and security risks that is soon becomes obvious that unless you are going to modify an app for yourself you are taking a risk by trusting it onto your device. These ‘stores’ are not being Monitored or controlled in anyway. Any App can be added to any store without the permission or knowledge of the apps developer and are increasingly being stocked by Untrusted, Unsafe ‘Mods’ of the original apps.

Wise words from this Droid Admin User

Finding A Safe Mod?

Don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying all Mods are bad. Some of the Mods are invaluable to help customise some of the apps functionality and allow ease of use on certain devices for example. Such as Lite versions of apps to help them work better on the popular Firestick devices.    There are indeed  plenty of safe mods for most apps around. The problem is how do you tell which is ‘Safe’ and which is ‘Unsafe’? Could you tell an ‘unsafe’ APK from a safe and trusted one? Below I will outline some of the basic ways you should be using when navigating the Third-Party unofficially modified app world.

When Downloading or Using Any Third-Party Software or Apps it is so important to take the necessary precautions in order to protect your Devices and personal Data.

I often get asked what precautions is it best to take when dealing with Third-party Software. Below I will share with you a few tricks I have picked up along the way. I hope you find them helpful. ALWAYS SCAN YOUR THIRD-PARTY APPS AND SOFTWARE ONLINE BEFORE DOWNLOADING ONTO YOUR DEVICE.

TO SCAN SOFTWARE AND APPS

Use the Virus Total On-line Uploader . With Virus Total you can easily upload all unknown software or Apps. Virus Total will analyse for suspicious files and URLs to detect types of malware including viruses, worms, and trojans. You will then get a report of the scan results to help you decide if its a ‘Saf’e or’Unsafe’ app before actually downloading it onto any of your personal devices.

TO SCAN APKS ONLINE

Use the NViso APK Scan or another similar trusted APK Scan service. Simply use the helpful uploader to upload the APK file and the NViso APK Scan will scan and test the APKs before giving you a full report on the results.

TO TEST PATCHERS AND KEYGENS

Use Sandboxie when testing any Patchers and Keygens.  Sandboxie uses isolation technology to separate programs from your underlying operating system preventing unwanted changes from happening to your personal data, programs and applications that rest safely on your hard drive.

ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE

Run Malwarebytes in the background while downloading any and all Untrusted Third-Party Apps or Software. Unlike most other Anti Virus Software which will constantly return a ‘False Positive’ result. Malawarebytes is more suited to scanning Third-Party Software. It was just flag the unknown software as a risk because it doesn’t recognise it like others. (AKA False Positive) As long as you have Malwarebytes running in the background it will notify you real time should it find anything untoward in any of the Apps or software you are downloading. You will then have the option to ignore the risk or Stop the in-stallion and remove the risky software.

MOBILE DEVICES

On mobile devices you can use The Vírus Total Android App VirusTotal can also be used through a smartphone app.  Virustotal Mobile checks the applications installed in your Android phone against virustotal (http://www.virustotal.com). It will inform you about malware (virus, trojans, worms) on your phone and allows you to upload any unknown applications to Virustotal. In other words, Virustotal for Android will get your applications scanned by more than 50 antivirus, flagging any undesired content. Please note that virustotal for Android does not provide real-time protection and, so, is no substitute for any antivirus product, just a second opinion regarding your apps.

 In Conclusion

Malware is not a new threat nor is it our biggest online threat. It is a threat we can do something about. By simply educating ourselves in the proper Testing and Scanning processes we can help keep the Malware and Viruses in control. As always we are available to answer any of your questions on our Streaming World Forum