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About easy money
Thursday, April 6, 2017
The World Wide Web is teeming with promises of easy money. Some of the schemes are utterly fraudulent; others are a bit less obvious. Let's take a look at one money-making offer which involves installing an application (that shall remain nameless) on your tablet.
After buying a pricey iPhone or iPad, some users regret spending so much on gadgets. However, owners of iOS devices can recoup their expenses simply by installing free applications from the App Store.
Behind this offer, an experienced user can clearly discern that this is yet another unfair way to increase a program’s ratings in the application catalogue.
Tasks. Business as usual: Install and launch an application from Google Play and use it for at least one minute. You may also be tasked with giving the application five stars and providing a positive review.
Having read this, you will no longer be surprised that dubious programs may occupy the top positions in the store's ratings. But this is not the only problem…
First, when I was doing this work, I encountered viruses twice in a row.
By the way, is there any liability for companies offering jobs like this? Are they officially registered, etc.?
Here I quote an excerpt from their agreement: is not responsible for the presence of any malware in the files or for any consequences resulting from the user’s machine getting infected with malware.
To me, this is warning enough.
Unfortunately, we can't be held liable if one of our partner’s links is carrying an infection or if some scanner believes that a link is malicious. AppStore is supposed to check all applications to ensure they are safe, and we only work with software from the catalogue.
So, we can conclude that they just couldn't care less.
To have some money added to their account, a user only needs to download a specified application or game. And the company is not interested in their worker ID information and doesn't require them to pay a visit to its office.
And what about taxes?
Well, but viruses are just a myth, right?
Applications of this kind won't generate any income for you but will get your device infected. I used apptools on my iPhone… I can’t say anything good about it! There’s malware and no money! Don't do it!
There’s malware and no money! Don't do it!
We are not going to comment on this statement because:
On the plus side, this method of making money is quick and simple. However, you can run into unscrupulous application owners, and once you’ve earned a certain amount, you may end up with nothing (this happened to me). There is always a risk that your device will get infected with malware, but this problem can be solved by installing a good anti-virus that will protect your device.
This statement implies that an anti-virus knows about all threats. But, let’s remember that users are being offered to install new applications that probably haven't yet been examined by virus analysts. So the outcome is quite predictable.
And the best conclusion:
This really isn't the safest way to make money because applications can contain malicious code and withdraw money from your mobile account. If you install software of this kind on your only smartphone, it means that your personal data may end up in someone else's hands. And they don't really pay much.
It's not worth the risk.
And a few final words:
Don't forget about malware programs. Two of those got onto my device, but my Dr.Web saved me!
The Anti-virus Times recommends
If you want to make money on someone else's programs, describe your real-life experience with the applications for various sites. Popular portals are always searching for new authors. It is not as difficult as it seems. Especially if you don't just write about advantages but also talk about defects.
And, in the context of the problem described above, we'd like to remind our readers that:
On Google Play, Doctor Web security researchers discovered a Trojan that displays annoying ads and steals personal information. This malicious program was embedded in over 150 applications that were downloaded by at least 2,800,000 users.
It is quite possible that people participating in easy-money schemes were among those who downloaded it.