Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Google's new Files Go app offers easy storage management and file transfers

Google's new Files Go app offers easy storage management and file transfers

It is a point of concern that the developers of the malicious app managed to sneak through Google Play without being noticed.

The fake app was first spotted by users on Friday, who started a Reddit thread to raise awareness of it.

As per reports, a version of popular mobile game Temple Run 2 can also be found which was uploaded in October. There are also other suggestions, including clearing app caches, deleting apps that aren't frequently used, and removing "spam & duplicate images".

The fake app appeared to be created by a developer with the title 'WhatsApp Inc.' - the same title as the version.

The developer for the app should be WhatsApp Inc and it should have a PEGI 3 rating.

However, they replaced a space that appeared in the name with a character that made the one defining difference look invisible.

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Yes, we know, file managers for Android have been dime a dozen for years, with nearly every device wither having one of those pre-loaded. From online reports, it appears as if though the app only affected Android users. You can install the app through the available file on any of your devices running Android 5.0 and above. It's in the "Device" section.

Upon opening the app, you'll be met with two main home screens - Storage and Files.

If you or someone you know downloaded this fake version of WhatsApp, delete the app immediately. Note: make sure that when using these stores, the version you are looking at is already installed on your phone.

For iPhone, search for WhatsApp in the App Store app and tap Update. DO NOT download any additional software.

Fake apps are a fairly regular occurrence on the Google Play store.

For Windows Phone, search for WhatsApp in the Microsoft Store app and tap update.

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