According to Bit9, a security solutions provider, there are more than 100,000 Android apps in Google Play that can be defined as “suspicious or questionable”, based on permissions requested, categorization and the publisher’s reputation.
A new version of the Play Store app has been released and it is starting to roll out to Android owners. Google Play Store 3.9.16 includes the ability to remove apps from the All Apps list. This is particularly useful if you have tried various free apps and choose not to use them. At the moment the All Apps list can become quite cluttered as it remembers every app you downloaded from the beginning of time. However more intriguing is that the contents of the .apk file (that is the application package file, the way apps are bundled up and distributed) contains references to a built-in malware scanner and a wish list feature.
If you are looking for a good Android security app then you simply cannot beat Avast Mobile Security. The latest update adds even more features and the app is still free.
Smartphones are on the rise in China. With a billion mobile phones, a fast-growing proportion of which are smartphones, this mobile ecosystem is ripe for the picking for malicious hackers. According to an assessment from a security company, almost half a million smartphones in the country have been infected by an SMS payment malware coming from Android app marketplaces.
The latest Kaspersky Lab report about Android malware is again sounding the alarm, as if the company’s warning over ZitMo attacks from last week wasn’t enough. According to the Moscow-based security firm, the number of new malicious programs targeting the Android platform has almost tripled during the second fiscal quarter of 2012.
It’s no secret to Android fans that the security of their favorite mobile platform has been often questioned after various malware programs managed to bypass security... measures and affect Android devices – quite a few malware-containing apps even made it to the Google Play store. In addition to that, the Android devices themselves were prone to being attacked by smart...
Android’s security issues are well-known, documented and much debated, but even with the introduction of a new “Bouncer” system, the number of malicious apps in Google Play doesn’t seem... to be dropping.
The latest malware app to be discovered is called (or rather was called) “Find and Call” and has already been removed from Google Play. What’s interesting is that the spam-se...
Android’s security concerns have been the primary focus of an on-going debate for a while now. Google has been trying to fend off malicious app developers, with the introduction of a new... security system called “Bouncer”, but we have still seen over 5,000 malicious apps already in just the first quarter of 2012.
In what is a further cause for concern, Kaspersky Labs E...