Popular security app turns out to be a fake

(WCPO) - How do you find new apps? A lot of us look at iTunes or Google Play to see what everyone else is buying that week.

But it turns out that by doing that, you could end up scammed.

If you are wondering what's hot when it comes to smartphone apps, the easiest thing is to go to the App Store and find out what's trending.

If so, you might have found "Virus Shield," which for a week in early April was the most popular app at Google Play.

More than 10,000 Android phone owners downloaded the $4 security app according to PC Magazine.

The only problem:  it wasn't real.
    
Android Police, which analyzes the Android app market, reports Virus Shield was a fake security app that did nothing except collect your money.

It has since disappeared.

Doesn't That Stink?

And from the "Doesn't that Stink" file, the risk that comes with downloading Android apps and why Android device owners need to be more diligent than Apple owners.

PC Magazine says unlike iTunes, where Apple scrutinizes and approves all apps, it's very easy to design and offer an app on the open source Android market.

Buy a phony one and you may say "doesn't that stink."

The good news:  this app was not dangerous, according to reviewers, it was simply up just to take money.

My advice? Be sure to read reviews of any app before downloading, especially on Android devices. Just because it is popular doesn't mean it's good.

And that way you don't waste your money.

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