This week, Google removed two apps from the Google Play Store after discovering that they are delivering adware to users. The Sun Pro Beauty Camera and Funny Sweet Selfie Camera apps have been downloaded over 1.5 million times, according to ZDNet.
The Sun Pro Beauty Camera has been in the Play Store for the past two years and the Funny Sweet Beauty Selfie Camera has been around 6 months for two years.
If you're one of the 1.5 million people who downloaded the apps, you should now uninstall them from your device.
Apart from an adware problem, apps also require a lot of unnecessary permissions. This could cause them to take more malicious action than just show your ads.
In particular, the apps have requested permission to record audio at any time and listen to everything spoken on the device. Both apps also use a tool that prevents the APK from being unpacked and parsed. While this is not a sign that the developers of the app had malicious intentions, it's not very good either.
The messages are also a great reminder to make sure that you pay attention to what permissions an app on your phone requires it to install. If you need access that you do not feel is necessary, you might want to rethink the installation of an app first.