Adware accounts for 72% of all mobile malware according to a new report from Avast. The report reveals that android malware has increased by 38% alone in the last year.

Experts Comments

March 12, 2020
Mike Bittner
Associate Director of Digital Security and Operations
The Media Trust
Ads provide a very important function in the digital economy: they enable access to a free service. While most people approach this adware as a user annoyance with little actual harm to the user this usually isn't the case. The issue lies in what additional code ads bring to the device, most of which is unknown to the app creator or advertiser. As a result, this unmanaged code can easily perform additional actions outside the delivery of an ad. It's these surreptitious actions that lead to.....Read More
Ads provide a very important function in the digital economy: they enable access to a free service. While most people approach this adware as a user annoyance with little actual harm to the user this usually isn't the case. The issue lies in what additional code ads bring to the device, most of which is unknown to the app creator or advertiser. As a result, this unmanaged code can easily perform additional actions outside the delivery of an ad. It's these surreptitious actions that lead to unauthorized data collection, zombie device creation, browser or device exploitations, malicious downloads, and more. App creators and stores need to thoroughly analyze executing code from the user experience to identify these activities to not only accurately populate privacy policies and consent management platforms but also ensure compliance with data protection regulations. Taking responsibility for knowing what vendors are brought to the user experience will mitigate most annoying, malicious and regulatory violation problems.  Read Less
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