What is clone app?
There are different modified versions of WhatsApp available on the internet. But they are not safe and some versions may contain malware. Recently, a new version of WhatsApp called WhatsApp Pink is making rounds. According to the description of WhatsApp Pink, it will give you an enhanced version of WhatsApp with additional features. But the truth is that this WhatsApp clone app is malicious.
The messages are being forwarded with a link to download WhatsApp Pink. It asks for your login information and once you sign up, your personal data is no longer secure. Thanks to the Cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia, we know this app is a fraud. He shared screenshots of the app which looks close to the original WhatsApp. This is actually a trap, a user may think it is real and can fall for it.
Beware of WhatsApp Pink!
According to the security researcher: “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in #WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of WhatsApp Pink. Complete access to your phone will be lost.” WhatsApp has never launched this specific Pink version. Unfortunately, if you have fallen for this trap, what can you do? Well, follow the steps below:
1) Unlink WhatsApp Web Devices
First of all, If you have linked the WhatsApp Pink app with WhatsApp Web Devices, then unlink it as soon as possible.
2) Uninstall the WhatsApp Pink app
Uninstalling the malicious app is the second thing you need to do. Make sure to log out before uninstalling, also clear the remaining data of the app from file cleaner.
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3) Clear Browser Cache
I recommend you also clear your browser’s cache. It is pretty easy to do. You can do it from app settings or from the browser itself.
4) Look for any other malicious app
There is a chance the app has downloaded malware on your phone. For that, you need to look out for applications you have not installed yourself. You can do that by searching on App Management in settings. Make sure to uninstall any app that looks malicious.
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New Google Play Store Rules Aim To Weed Out Spammy Apps
In an attempt to boost confidence in its Play Store offerings, Google has announced new rules that will look to weed out misleading, low-quality apps from its marketplace.
In an update published Thursday, the company announced new metadata policies designed to moderate how developers present their apps. The rules, meant to drive more “meaningful downloads” for consumers, will take effect later this year.
Google has often struggled with marketplace quality control. It’s not just the rashes of malicious, trojanized apps that routinely crop up. The more widespread problem is the issue of spammy apps — lesser quality “clone” apps that are designed to look like legitimate ones, or apps that have low functionality or just don’t do what they say they will do. In the past, the company has gone to certain lengths to de-incentivise and eliminate sketchy practices used to drive downloads and illegitimately boost reputation — though the problem still obviously persists.
The newly announced rules seek to provide some dos and don’ts when it comes to previewing assets — asking developers to provide “a clear and precise app title and brand name” that is limited to 30 characters long. At the same time, there is a list of assets that will no longer be tolerated. Caps lock? Bad. Emojis: also bad. Emoticons and special characters will also be banned or discouraged. Lots of exclamation points? It goes without saying that — as the unfortunate “Crane: travel PLANNER!!” below shows — that sort of enthusiasm will not be tolerated.
The rules also prohibit “keywords that imply store performance, promotion in the icon, title and developer name,” meaning that apps shouldn’t advertise deals or use cheap methods to incentivise downloads.
Basically, Google is telling developers to leave the used car dealership, sign-spinning antics at home and be more straightforward with how they present their products. This tactic will likely boost downloads for apps that can rely on their pre-established brand reputation, while hopefully shutting out apps that don’t actually have anything to offer consumers.