“To make an APK file, a program for Android is first compiled, and then all of its parts are packaged into one file. An APK file contains all of that program’s code (such as .dex files), resources, assets, certificates, and manifest file. As is the case with many file formats, APK files can have any name needed, provided that the file name ends in “.apk“.”
“If you don’t know where the APK came from, it’s no different than grabbing .exes from the Net,” “Make sure you’re not using apps from untrusted sources and stick to Google Play.” said BlueBox Security CTO Jeff Forristal.
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