Note: this article is not aimed at promoting or demoting any app brand.
Many Android users install apps on their phones without knowing the potential side effects of these apps. Of course applications are made for the benefit of the phone users, but it is important to know that even though apps may be beneficial in a way or the other, they are capable of exposing the users to danger. In this article, we will be showing you some apps that are popular, but are disadvantageous in some ways.
S.M.T.H is an acronym that stands for Send Me To Heaven. This is a game app that involves throwing your phone upward and the app uses the phone sensors to measure how high the phone is thrown. The higher you throw the phone, the more your score. Sounds like fun, but remember that you may be unable to grab your phone while it is falling back and it can cause a crash when it falls to the ground. If you really think you are so accurate at grabbing falling objects, you may think that it is a good idea. But, many phones have been lost because of this app.
2. Tik Tok.
Last year, the United States fined Tik Tok for gathering informations of it's under-aged citizens. On the 29th June 2020, India also banned Tik Tok and 223 other Chinese apps. The indian ministry of electronics and information technology stated that it is "prejudicial to sovereignty and intergrity of India, defense of India, and security of state and public order". The app is said to be capable of monitoring it's users and tracking their location.
3. UC browser.
This browser is developed by UCWeb, a subsidiary of the Chinese tech company, Alibaba. Cyber security analysts say that it does not protect it's data transmissions addequately. This means that your personal data is at the risk of being intercepted by hackers. The weak security system of this application makes it dangerous for use.
CLEANit claims to be a junk file cleaner and it is used by millions of people. The app has been proven to be ineffective. For example, clearing caches does not really improve the phone's performance and speed. The app also have a battery saver feature that instead of saving your battery life, it interrupts the system default battery saver and ends up damaging the phone's battery life and changing core core device settings.
5. Super VPN.
Super VPN is one of the most used VPNs around the world. It has over a hundred million users. However, cybersecurity analysts earlier this year claimed that the app includes critical vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to carry out MitM (Man-in-the-Middle) attacks, potentially stealing personal info, including credit card details, photos and private chats. According to reports, criminals can also exploit the vulnerabilities to hijack a user’s connection to malicious websites that could further endanger user privacy and security.
if you have any if these aforementioned apps on your Android device, you are advised to find a threat-free replacement for them. You can share this article with others for their safety.
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