When you download an app from the Google Play Store, you mostly assume that it is an official app. Unfortunately, its not always the case. In fact, a lot of fake apps appear in the store that looks like popular apps, but were actually made by another company, and are intended to generate unlawful advertising revenue or steal your data. What can you do about it?
We probably do not have to explain why it is so bad when a company tries to steal your data. However, paying attention to fake apps is only in your own interest. Every time you download a fake app, the app’s popularity increases, and it will climb higher in the rankings, making the problem even bigger.
View the search results:
An app from a known developer usually has only one version. There are not nine variants of WhatsApp, there is only one WhatsApp. Though many Apps who pretend to be “WhatsApp” are available on Google Play Store for some time. When you search for a certain app and more search results appear with exactly the same icon, then that is reason to be suspicious. In this case, take a good look at the name of the app and the name of the developer. That is not a guarantee, because in the case of the fake WhatsApp app the developer was called WhatsApp Inc. with a space after the name, which of course is hard to identify.
Downloads and reviews:
Another good indicator is the download counter. See how often an app has been downloaded. At the time of writing, the official WhatsApp app has been downloaded more than a billion times. Of course, fake Apps usually don’t get such number of downloads. So if you are looking for a popular app, you doubt and see the download counter in a few thousand, you should know that something is wrong. In addition, the reviews also help a lot. When users are dissatisfied or feel uncomfortable, they will quickly write their comments.
Description and screenshots:
Finally see the description where a large developer puts time, money and energy into writing a good description. On other hand, developer of a fake app will not usually do that. Broken language, robot-like texts, they are all indicators that something is not right. Finally, you can also view the screenshots carefully, to see if there is strange information in them.
None of these tips is altogether helped, but when you use them together, you will almost always be able to distinguish a fake app from a real one.