Google has changed the Play Store app icon

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The first time an app tried to assert its right to write over the top of another app, you'd get a security warning that required explicit approval. The newest versions of the Play Store are adopting a new icon that's just the Play triangle icon, which makes more sense as the central hub to everything digital that Google offers. Even worse is that phishing scams along with fraudulent advertisements are just a couple of the potential types of malware that this vulnerability could create. According to the findings, 74% of ransomware, 57% of adware, and 14% of banker malware abuse this permission as part of their operation.

"Users should always beware of malicious apps, even when downloading from Google Play".

The risk here is at a much broader and more unsafe level, namely that apps containing obvious coding abuses - of any sort, not just abuses related to pop-over windows - are getting through the doorway into Google's walled garden in the first place.

The Israeli-based security firm presented a report on May 9, claiming that Google is busy working on ways to contain threats resulting from screen overlay.

The real solution, although complex, would be if Google manually went through and approved those applications that need the permissions. However, this soon caused problems, as this permission is also used by legitimate apps, such as Facebook, which requires it for its Messenger chat heads feature. Plus, the update brings "Picture in Picture" (PiP) display capabilities for watching a video while using other apps alongside.




This version of the News 12 app will no longer be supported as of 1 a.m. Monday, May 15th.

Version 2.0's most notable visual difference is when you tap into a contact. And while the change isn't going to affect the way that you use your phone or anything like that, it is something that you'll probably notice the first time that you look at your home screen after the update takes place.

How to stay protected in the meantime?

"Look for the comments left by other users, and grant only permissions which have relevant context for the app's goal".

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