After UC Browser, 40 Chineseapplications are suspected to be stealing users data and sending it to China. However, SHAREit, on Monday stated to be a user-friendly content sharing platform and is not a malicious or a spyware application.
The statement came after the Indian intelligence agencies said to ban the 40 applications. Later, the Indian Security establishment requested the Army troops to uninstall the apps from their smartphones. According to an instruction sent to troops, a number of Android/iOS apps developed by Chinese firms or having Chinese links are reportedly either spyware or other malicious ware.
However, SHAREit said, “We do not compromise on user’s security and their privacy is of utmost importance to us. We have a huge user base in India and we are committed to providing better products and service to our users with continuous technological developments”.
The list includes most of the popular apps like, Truecaller, WeChat, Weibo, UC News, UC Browser, BeautyPlus, NewsDog, VivaVideo- QU Video Inc, Parallel Space, APUS browser, Perfect Corp, Virus Cleaner(Hi Security Labs), CM Browser, Mi Community, DU recorder, Vault-Hide, YouCam Makeup,Mi Store, CacheClear DU apps studio, DU Battery Saver, DU Cleaner, DU Privacy, 360 Security, DU Browser, Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, Baidu Translate, Baidu Map, Wonder Camera, ES File Explorer, Photo Wonder, QQ International, QQ Music, QQ Mail, QQ Player, QQ NewsFeed, WeSync, QQ Security Centre, SelfieCity, Mail Master, Mi Video call-Xiaomi, and QQ Launcher.
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