These 7 "stalker apps" have now been removed from the Play Store by Google.

Security researchers have discovered several apps in the Play Store that can track your location and message history. They have since been removed from the Play Store by Google.

These 7 "stalker apps" have now been removed from the Play Store by Google.
These 7 "stalker apps" have now been removed from the Play Store by Google.



Removed Android stalker apps from Play Store


As soon as you were able to install one of the apps on another person's Android smartphone, you could continuously view the location, contacts, text, and call history of that person. It concerned apps with names such as "Spy Tracker" and "Employee Work Spy." In the description, the developers suggested that you could, for example, keep an eye on your children, employees, or partner.

Of course, there are more apps that you can follow the location of others carefully. WhatsApp and Google Maps, among others, have been offering this option for quite some time. The big difference is that with those apps, you must explicitly give permission yourself before your location is shared with others. Also, by default, you only share your site in these apps for a short period, so that others know, for example, whether you are almost at the final destination.

These seven apps, however, continuously monitored the location of the affected users and also did so in the dark. After installation, tips appeared on the screen for how the app could be "hidden." For example, users could quickly install the app on a phone that was left behind, remove all traces of the installation and app, and then keep an eye on others in secret.

According to Avast security researchers, the apps were downloaded more than 130,000 times via the Play Store. It is unknown how often Dutch users downloaded the apps. Google has now removed the stalker apps from the Play Store and says it will check more strongly for similar apps in the future.

Are you afraid that you are in danger? Then also read our tips for preventing and removing Android malware. Also, check our guide for securing your Android for practical tips. For example, make sure that you always set a screen lock, so that someone does not just have access to your device. Finally, it is wise to know what to look out for with dangerous Android apps, so that you can prevent problems in the future.