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These 12 Android Apps are Stealing Your Bank Details from Your Phone: Delete Them Immediately

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Of the different operating systems available Android has not had the best reputation when it comes to data security. But Google makes a conscious effort and tries to keep the data security concerns paramount in each iteration of Android. But that has not stopped these 12 apps from stealing the banking information from the user devices.

A recent report from researchers at ThreatFabric, brought up 12 apps that are available on the Google Play Store for Android which were downloaded as many as 300,000 times on charges of introducing malware to smartphones.

List of the Malicious Apps

The 12 apps in question are:

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Two Factor Authenticator

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CryptoTracker

Gym and Fitness Trainer

According to the report, these apps are apparently part of four malware families, that include Anatsa, Alien, Hydra, Ermac. While the apps themselves are not malwares and are not detected as malwares in Anti-Virus software, these work as droppers and inject the specific malware into the device. This malware in turn steals the data.

These malware can record what you’re typing and take screenshots from the smartphones that have been infected. Among these the Anatsa is especially dangerous and was downloaded as many as 100,000 times.

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What makes these apps so deceptive is that they look like legitimate apps with positive reviews on Google Play Store. These coupled with these offering helpful feature makes them difficult to detect.

Google has been actively trying to curb the presence of malicious apps like these on the Play Store, but has a hard time. This is because on the face of it these apps don’t seem harmful with their negligible malicious footprint.

Recently it was found and reported by Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky that as many as 14 different apps on the Google Play Store were found to be infected by the Joker Malware. And as always some of these were rather popular apps.

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Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 11, 50MP Cameras, Budget Friendly

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Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 11 and the Note 11S, the company’s latest budget smartphone in the Redmi Note 11 series for the global markets.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 features a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, 16MP selfie camera inside the punch-hole, powered by Snapdragon 680 SoC, and packs a 50MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth and a 2MP macro camera.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and packs a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging that can charge up to 100% in around an hour.

Highlight Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Display: 6.43-inch FHD+ (1080×2400 pixels) AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate

Chipset: Octa Core Snapdragon 680 6nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 610 GPU

RAM + ROM: 4GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage, expandable memory up to 1TB with microSD

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Operating System: Android 11 with MIUI 13

SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)

Cameras: 50MP rear primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 8MP 118° ultra-wide angle camera, 2MP depth and 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture

Front camera: 13MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture

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Sensor: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, IR blaster

3.5mm audio jack, Stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio certification

Dimensions:159.87 x 73.87 x 8.09mm; Weight: 179g

Splash resistant (IP53)

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Network: Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C, NFC (select markets only)

Battery: 5000mAh  battery with 33W fast charging

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The Redmi Note 11 comes in Star Blue, Twilight Blue and Graphite Gray colours and is priced at $179 for 4GB+64GB, $199 for 4GB+128GB and $229 for 6GB + 128GB models.

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MIUI 13 global roll out begins Q1 2022 – Check out list of Xiaomi devices getting it

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After the announcement in China last month, Xiaomi along with the Redmi Note 11 series introduced the MIUI 13 for the global markets. This doesn’t bring several features that were launched in China, but only finetunes some features that were already available with the MIUI 12.5 Enhanced. These include Faster storage, Faster background efficiency, Faster processing and Longer battery life.

MIUI 13 features

  • Liquid Storage on MIUI 13 reduces fragmentation and actively manages stored data, improving defragmentation efficiency by up to 60%. MIUI 13 retains read and write speeds up to 95%—giving users a “new” experience longer, and prolonging device lifespan.
  • MIUI 13’s Atomized Memory, an ultra-fine memory management method, brings RAM efficiency to a new level. It analyzes how apps use memory and divides a single app’s RAM usage processes into important and unimportant tasks. Then it closes all unimportant tasks, allowing apps to use memory only for what’s important to you right now, enabling you to run more apps without sacrificing performance.
  • MIUI 13 brings Focused Algorithms, which dynamically allocates system resources based on usage scenarios, making MIUI more fluid and responsive. Focused Algorithms prioritizes the active app above all others, allowing the CPU to focus on important tasks, giving you faster speeds and higher performance where and when you need it.
  • Smart Balance in MIUI 13 is designed to automatically find the balance between performance and power consumption, so you can get the power and speed you need to stay on the go. With Smart Balance, overall battery life can be extended by up to 10% in MIUI 13.
  • With all-new widgets, you can personalize the smartphones with convenient modules and notifications in the App Vault or on the home screen. MIUI 13 supports widgets of different sizes. With 2×1, 2×2, 2×3, 4×2, and 4×4 options at hand, users can fit more important information on a single widget and place widgets where they may not have fit before.

MIUI 13 Sidebar

  • Sidebar in MIUI 13 allows you to access all your favorite apps in floating windows with just a swipe—without leaving your current app. You can also customize the feature with up to 10 apps in the sidebar.

First batch of models that will get the MIUI 13 update globally in Q1 2022

  • Mi 11 Ultra
  • Mi 11
  • Mi 11i
  • Mi 11 Lite 5G
  • Mi 11 Lite
  • Xiaomi 11T Pro
  • Xiaomi 11T
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite NE
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro
  • Redmi Note 11S
  • Redmi Note 11
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Redmi Note 10
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • Redmi Note 10 JE
  • Redmi Note 8 (2021)
  • Redmi 10
  • Xiaomi Pad 5
  • Redmi 10 Prime
  • Mi 11X
  • Mi 11X Pro

We can expect India-specific roll out details at the Redmi Note 11S launch in the country on February 9th.

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