Denis Konopiský

7 June 2016

How to get traffic to a fake app on the Google Play Store

Fake Android apps on the Google Play Store use shortcuts to get popular

It doesn't happen too often thanks to the rigorous checks apps go through, but occassionally a fake app will slip onto the Google Play Store. How does it happen? 

Here's what cheating developers do:

When an Android app developer creates a malicious app and wants it to get attention fast, the easiest way to do it is to make it look like some other app that is already popular, like Waze. The impatient developer names it “Waze Tips” so it looks like customers will learn something useful. Then he puts it onto the Google Play Store and creates fake comments and ratings so it looks legit. After that, he's set for success.

That’s the logic behind fake Android apps. Not surprisingly, there actually is an app that uses all these methods called "Free Waze Traffic GPS Maps Tip".

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This fake app uses all the tricks to fool users into installing

 

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Michal Salat

6 June 2016

Avoiding UEFA Euro 2016 and Copa America Centenario scams

Two of the biggest soccer, or as the rest of the world calls the sport, football, events –Copa America Centenario and the UEFA Euro Cup - have fans across the Americas and Europe hyped. Fans are trying to get as close to the games as possible, either by getting tickets to attend a match or by playing soccer/football themed games. Cybercrooks are also big fans of major events like these and they, unfortunately, like to take advantage of fans’ enthusiasm.

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Beware of Copa America and Euro 2016 online scams

It’s only natural for die-hard fans to get excited when they see tickets on sale for either sold out games or for a cheaper price than the tickets sold on the official Copa America and UEFA sites. Cybercriminals are fully aware of how desired tickets to Copa America and the Euro Cup are and have set up phishing sites and phishing social media and email campaigns to trick people into buying phony tickets.

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Deborah Salmi

3 June 2016

Do you know the social sites your tweens and teens are using?

We help you recognize popular social sites where your pre-teens and teenagers hang out.

Facebook maybe the number one stop for your teenager, but it's not the only social media platform that's popular. Seven out of 10 teenagers report that they use more than one social site to communicate with their friends and meet strangers. Here's a rundown of the most frequently used social media platforms among teens. For now.

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Jan Piskacek

2 June 2016

Knock-off FIFA apps on Google Play

Fake football apps appear on the Google Play Store in time for Copa America and Euro Cup.

Copa America Centenario and Euro Cup start this Friday and next Friday respectively, and everyone across the Americas and Europe are in the football/soccer spirit.

I found four soccer/football apps on the Google Play Store, all with the same or similar names, that are pretty bad knock-offs of the popular FIFA app. All four apps have negative reviews claiming the apps do practically nothing but display ads. Clearly, the person or people behind these apps only intention is to make money and not to deliver quality apps.

I dug a little deeper and despite the fact that these four apps were uploaded under different developer names, they seem to be developed by one developer. All four apps have the same dex files and manifests. Each developer name has only uploaded one app and there are no links to any developer homepages.

Ad heavy soccer apps on Google Play

I decided to test each app to see if the negative reviews regarding the ads were true and unfortunately, they are.

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Threat Research

Gracie Roberts

1 June 2016

On Children’s Day, teach your kids how to stay safe online

Happy International Children’s Day! Celebrate this year’s holiday by keeping your kids safe in the digital world.

Happy International Children's Day from Avast!

As the trusted authority in your home, you are the go-to resource to help keep the Internet a safe place for your family. To protect your children from inappropriate online behavior, people with bad intentions and unsuitable content, you need to stay informed about current issues and understand the social networks and devices that your children use. Avast Free Antivirus and Avast Mobile Security can help you stay safe while using each of your devices.

Children whose parents talk to them regularly about what they do online will likely use responsible behavior when on their own.

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Gracie Roberts

31 May 2016

North Korea makes a Facebook clone, site gets hacked hours later

When it comes to countries notorious for censoring online content and gleaning information from citizens, North Korea is one of the first names to come to mind. If a country like North Korea was to create its own social network, wouldn’t you think that securing the site would be one of its top priorities? Recent news begs to differ.

North Korea recently launched a social networking site that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Facebook we know and love. The site, which was hosted in North Korea itself, could originally be found at www.starcon.net.kp/.

North Korean Facebook clone gets hackedA screenshot of North Korea's own social network. (Image via Dyn Research)

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Deborah Salmi

30 May 2016

Avast security news wrap-up

Want the latest security news in a couple of minutes? Here's a wrap-up of interesting stories. 

shutterstock_292970030-350725-edited.jpgCan your bad passwords cost you money and cause trouble?

That question was answered with a resounding YES by college football star Laremy Tunsil. A hacked Twitter and Instagram account cost that falling sports star an estimated $13 million. Don’t let your easy-to-crack passwords cost you. Use a password manager or follow our tips for strong passwords.

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Deborah Salmi

25 May 2016

Avast Free Antivirus is top-rated free security software

Avast Free Antivirus has nearly 100% detection rate and no false positives.

Wondering if Avast Free Antivirus is worth the price? We understand that when it comes to “free” things, you mostly get what you pay for. But in the case of Avast Free Antivirus, our free security product is better than pricey premium antivirus products!

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Marina Ziegler

23 May 2016

Independent test shows Avast offers best HTTPS protection in the market

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Every day, 50,000 infected unique URLs of HTTPS-protected websites are detected and blocked. Scientists from the Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, have tested 14 antivirus programs offering HTTPS scanning and found that these programs create more security problems than they actually solve. There was only one exemption from this: Avast. The only issue mentioned in their study is a lack of revoked certificates checking by Avast, which has been in the market since November 2015 and is fixed in 2016 products.

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Stefanie Smith

23 May 2016

Your iPhone6s is not waiting for you – despite what the text message says

What’s the deal with these “you won something” texts?

I recently received a text message saying an iPhone 6s is waiting for me. I normally delete these messages, but this time I was curious… I have been considering upgrading from my iPhone 5 for a while now J. So, I decided to consult with my friend, Avast senior malware analyst Jan Sirmer and see what would happen if I believed the text.

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How did they get my number?

The first question I had about this was: How did they get my number? “A computer probably sent it to you,” said Jan. How did a computer get my number? “There are programs that allow computers to send text messages to a bunch of numbers at once. They probably use the same area code and the rest of the digits in the number are generated by the program.”

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