Scam of the day – December 19, 2016 – Android Super Mario Run scam

Super Mario Run is presently the most popular game in the App Store for iPhones and other Apple devices. Unfortunately, for those of you with Android devices, Nintendo has not yet created an Android Application Package version of Super Mario Run although scammers are indicating throughout the Internet that they have free Android versions of Super Mario Run that you can download.  This is a total scam. Sometimes a leaked version of a game is leaked before it is officially launched, however, in this instance, Nintendo hasn’t created one yet so there is nothing to leak.  Anytime you download an Android version of Super Mario Run, you are running the risk of downloading attached malware that can be used to steal your identity or bring other dangers such as ransomware.

TIPS

Free apps loaded with malware present a tremendous danger.  The best thing you can do is to stay with sources such as the App Store or Google Play that you know are legitimate when looking for apps.  Although neither of these companies are perfect when it comes to investigating apps to make sure they are legitimate and not filled with malware, they both do a pretty good job of vetting apps before they are made available to the public.

Scam of the day – May 30, 2014 – Flawed LifeLock wallet app

Lifelock is one of the most prominent companies providing services to protect people from identity theft and resolve identity theft related problems when it does occur.  Last year Lifelock bought Lemon Wallet, a company that makes mobile wallet apps for iPhones and Android system phones.    Mobile wallet apps permit users to store their ID cards, payments cards, loyalty cards and more on the app.  However after learning that the data stored on those apps was not sufficiently secure, the apps have been withdrawn from the App Store, Amazon Apps and Google Play.  Information stored on the apps is being deleted from its servers.

TIPS

If you are a user of the LifeLock wallet app, you should confirm that your information has been deleted from the app.  LifeLock is updating the security features for the app and expects to have it back and running in the future although no expected date for its availability has been determined.