Apps On Android Phones Present Threats To Security And Privacy

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | May 13, 2019 11:30 am PST

Its been reported that the apps bundled with many Android phones are presenting threats to security and privacy greater than most users think. This according to a paper (PDF) from university researchers in the US and Spain who studied the pre-installed software that 214 different vendors included in their Android devices. They found that everyone from the hardware builders to mobile carriers and third-party advertisers were loading products up with risky code. 

Tom Davison, Director EMEA at Lookout:

Users should always be aware that apps may impact privacy or handle personal data in a way that might be unexpected or unwanted. Pre-Installed apps are often assumed to be more trustworthy however that may not always be the case.  The recommendation is to use a mobile endpoint security solution that can analyse app capabilities on-behalf of the user and notify in the case of anything suspicious.” 


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