Today, I received a newsletter with a link to a Newsweek article regarding Fortnite: http://www.newsweek.com/how-download-fortnite-android-youtube-tutorial-scams-could-hijack-your-phone-972227 .
The article mentions a scam going viral that may compromise Android phones through fake www.youtube.com tutorials sharing how to download the popular Battle Royale mobile game on Android. Another article published May 24, 2018 [http://www.newsweek.com/fortnite-android-beta-fortniteandroidapp-scam-943329] states the name of the app, FortninteAndroind.app and layout of the site look fishy.
An item to consider is that the official Android version is slated for a potential release in the summer of 2018.
This incident reminds us that we have to be skeptical of content that seems to good to be true. A security researcher states the goal is to get users to install rogue apps that may be used for crytpo-mining or to steal user data.
The recommendation is to stick to using Google Play [https://play.google.com/store?hl=en] instead of downloading apps from any other website. Be patient and wait for the release by the official developer.
If you want to follow the Official Fortnite YouTube channel, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/user/epicfortnite
Make sure you teach your children of the dangers of installing software from any website and to be wary of offers that seem “too good to be true”.
Luis Delgado is a father, husband, community resource, speaker, and entrepreneur who founded The Critical Update, inc (TCUINC) in 2003. TCUINC is a technology consulting firm that has evolved from basic computer support to affordable technology consulting, network management, outsourced IT and cybersecurity. Our clients come from every industry in Central Texas.
Luis is a certified HIPAA professional and is focused on helping business owners create more jobs for Texas families.