The detection of bugs in Android has been becoming a constant, too frequent, because these make our equipment vulnerable to hackers that can lead to online identity theft, banking access codes or even the inoperability of our device.
The most recent bug that was found affects the Android OS and the capability to install apps, that can be subjects to modifications. This failure was detected in January 2014 by the safety company Palo Alto, that named it as “Android Installer Hijacking”. Since then, Palo Alto has been channeled synergies with Google to fix this situation.
This bug it’s related to malware apps that have the capability to modify new apps installs, changing sources and contents with the goal to have the acquisition the control of the equipment and users information.
Let’s see how can occur one of these situations. By given permission to your device proceed a game install that isn’t in Google Play Store, but at the same time it’s credible like Amazon or Samsung, you can end up installing a flashlight that has permissions to read users data and probably send it to an external data base.
If you are thinking that it can’t be so many infections, you are wrong. According to Google data it is estimated that about 50% of all Android devices are contaminated with the Android Installer Hijacking.
However all users that have recent Android versions don’t have these problems, only users with an Android version before the 4.3 version.
To help users to check if they have their privacy compromised Palo Alto developed a free app that allows you to check if you have the Android Installer Hijacking in your phone – the Installer Hijacking Scanner.
Don’t hesitate in install this app a check if your device it’s safe.