Apps On Android Phones Present Threats To Security And Privacy

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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