Consumers can protect themselves by limiting the number of applications they install from unknown developers, and by using only trusted app stores, suggested Jack Mannino, CEO of nVisium, a Herndon, Virginia-based application security provider.

It’s not wise to put too much stock in download and review information, he cautioned.

“While the number of installs and positive reviews can be an indicator of legitimate software, in this case millions of users unknowingly opted into this,” Mannino told TechNewsWorld.

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