These Android apps got caught engaging in a sketchy practice that could drain your wallet
Well, it seems we’re starting 2020 off with a string of sketchy Android app news, with a new report identifying a set of so-called “fleeceware” apps to steer clear of. And this report follows the group of apps we told you about only a day ago which bombard users with ads, drain their phone’s battery, and more.
Fleeceware apps are those caught abusing the trial period that Android apps can run before a user is hit with their first charge. A new report from UK-based cybersecurity firm Sophos says this new group of apps — which ostensibly have racked up more than 600 million installs among them — can hit users with big charges once a trial subscription period closes and the user hasn’t formally canceled in time. These charges also ignore the fact that the user may have deleted the app from their device, which some (but not all) apps take as a sign the user wants to cancel a subscription or trial offer.