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Original Air Date: Jul 11, 2016



Fake App Warning


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Our smartphones are pretty safe from downloading malicious apps as long as we don’t jailbreak our devices and only get apps from the associated app stores, like Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

Jailbreaking an iPhone or rooting an Android phone allows you to remove the controls put in place by the device but should only be by tech savvy users.

Unfortunately, a new scam is in circulation that can sneak malicious apps into your device, even if you haven’t bypassed the security controls by jailbreaking it.

The scam appears as slickly crafted text message or email with a convincing link to download the app.

If you fall for the scam and click the link, it can lead to having a non-jailbroken iPhones or unrooted Android phone compromised.

With this in mind, we should all adapt the following mantra: If I didn’t go looking for it, I won’t install it.

Cyber-theives have been able to create some pretty convincing messages that often appear to be from a trusted resource via a hacked account, so be on the alert.

For a little extra protection from malicious apps, consider using this free mobile security app from http://lookout.com

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