Watch Out For Fake Mobile Apps

The Federal Trade Commission recently released an warning about fraudulent mobile apps.  These apps are designed to steal personal information such as user names, passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal information.

My advise is to always get your app from an authorized app store, such as the Apple Store or the Google Store.  These apps have been tested for the most part.

Another idea to try is using Google (who knows all) and searching on your app name and “fake app” to see if it has been flagged as fraudulent. Or app name and “review” to see how many complaints there are.

For more information from the FTC and US-CERT:




About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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