Mitron app deleted from google play store for policy violation

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Mitron app deleted from google play store for policy

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Mitron App – an Indian alternative for TikTok — has been pulled out from Google PLay store on Tuesday. This app had over 5M+ downloads. Up until now not yet Google neither Mitron has disclosed details about the removal of the app from the play store. Although, the chances are that the app has been taken down by Google due to the security issues that were been reported by several media houses this week.

Mitron app

 

If you already have the Mitron app downloaded on your phone you can still use it but we suggest you don’t use the app as it has multiple vulnerabilities. 

  •  It doesn’t have any additional firewall or software security on top of the source code.
  • The privacy policy is weak which can put user data at risk.

Mitron app source code has been build by Irfan Sheikh of Qboxus from Lahore, the company that sold the source code to Shivank Agarwal, according to our sources, Mitron app has privacy issues because the app developer has not uploaded the privacy policy. 

The Mitron app now has over 5 million downloads with a 4.7 rating. Later on, the Qboxus website showcases Mitron as one of its best apps. A few days back Sheikh had denounced Mitron’s claims of being a “made-in-India” app. Mitron’s developer, Sheikh also said, “There is no problem with what the developer has done. He paid for the script and used it, which is okay. But, the problem is with people referring to it as an Indian-made app, which is not true especially because they have not made any changes” 

According to Sheikh, Agarwal outreached to them for buying the source code of the TicTic app, and then later he launched it as Mitron in India. Agarwal had purchased this code for $35, roughly Rs 2,637.

The app owner Shibank Agarwal, a student of IIT Roorkee, rebranded the app as Mitron and launched in India. Before officially launching the app in India Agarwal and his team didn’t even customize the coding or change the privacy policy.

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One of your editors talked to a cybersecurity researcher who told us “It’s risky to use the Mitron app given it doesn’t have any additional firewall or software security on top of the source code. The privacy policy is weak and that can put user data at risk in the long run.”

If you have the Mitron app installed on your phone we highly recommend uninstalling the app right away and not use it. We checked the Mitron app and found there’s no way you can delete your account from the app. Users can either log out of the app or simply uninstall it. The settings menu is also missing on the app now.

There could also be a possibility that the company might push out malicious code or malware in a future update giving them the direct control of the app. He further said any app that asks for access to phone’s camera, microphone, and location comes with a huge risk and provides access that can allow such apps to monitor users 24×7. “Not just Mitron, any app that asks for access to the camera, location and microphone is risky to use, including TikTok,” 

Later Qboxus also stated, they just sell the source code of trending or famous apps. Qboxus has nothing to do with that buyer app after the purchase, It’s up to each buyer to add security protection measures according to their needs, and make some additional customizations.

We also recommend you to beware of all the clones of Mitron available on Google Play store. You must always check the developer first before installing an app on your smartphone.

Google should also set strict protocols to be followed by developers before they can list any app on the Play store to avoid issues/problems like these in the future.

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