Android apps with 2.5 million downloads displaying ads with display off

In an era where smartphone usage has become an important part of our daily lives, the convenience and functionality provided by smartphone apps cannot be overstated.

However, recent reports have uncovered a disconcerting trend where popular Android apps with over 2.5 million downloads are continuing to display ads — even when the device’s display is turned off.

This invasive behaviour not only compromises user experience but also raises concerns about data privacy and security. Here’s how you can protect yourself from this rising trend in mobile apps.

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The Disturbing Trend

Forty-three apps that were available on Google’s Play Store were found to run in the background and fraudulently earn money for the app’s developer. The full list of these apps can be found on McAfee’s website.

The discovery of Android apps with significant download numbers engaging in secretive ad behaviour has sent shockwaves through the mobile app ecosystem.

Research conducted by Bleeping Computer and McAfee security has revealed that a considerable number of seemingly innocuous apps continue to display advertisements even when a user’s device screen is turned off. This phenomenon is not only an annoyance but also raises legitimate concerns about how these apps are functioning behind the scenes.

The Potential Risks

Privacy Concerns: Apps that display ads when the device’s display is off could potentially access personal and sensitive user information without their consent. While not all apps engaged in this behaviour may have malicious intent, the act itself demonstrates a disregard for user privacy.

Battery Drain: Displaying ads, even when the screen is off, can have a significant impact on

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