More than 100,000 Android applications in Google Play are considered “suspicious” or “questionable,” according to new research.
Out of 412,000 apps in the store, this 25% pose a security risk to mobile users, according to Bit9, the security software firm that analyzed the apps’ security permissions.
Among its findings: 72% of apps use at least one high-risk permission; 42% access GPS location data (including wallpapers, games and utilities); 31% access phone numbers or calls; 26% access personal data such as contacts and email; and 9% use permissions that can cost users money. For more details, check out the infographic, below.
“A significant percentage of Google Play apps have access to potentially sensitive and confidential information,” Harry Sverdlove, chief technology officer of Bit9 said in a statement. “When a seemingly basic app such as a wallpaper requests access to GPS data, this raises a red flag.”
“Likewise, more than a quarter of the apps can access email and contacts unbeknown to the phone user, which is of great concern when these devices are used in the workplace.”
Recently, Android phones have come under scrutiny after the FBI‘s Internet Crime Complaint Center found malware that targets Android operating systems. Wireless company T-Mobile is ramping up protection against malware and viruses by preloading select Android devices with a free security app.
Do you double check apps for safety before downloading them from Google Play or the App Store? Tell us in the comments below.
Source: bit9.com, Mashable.com
Posted in Business, Companies, Entertainment, Infographic, Technology
Tagged Android, Apps, Google, Malware, Play, Security Risk, Suspicious
The workplace is quickly being infiltrated by a new breed of mobile superhero — elite workers who rely on and use mobile apps to increase productivity. These men and women have superpowers that soar past anything the Justice League could drum up. This super-connected workforce has the ability to channel the data and apps that smartphones provide, and have made businesses stronger than ever.
Unisys did a research project with Forrester Consulting, conducting surveys with more than 590 businesses around the globe. The researchers found that mobile devices are making workers more productive, making them 35% more likely to collaborate with colleagues than those who are phone-less.
The mobile elite also drive innovation within their companies, compelling their co-workers to accept change through the power of tech.
But every superhero has his kryptonite, and for these smartphone-toting men and women it seems risk-taking is their hubris. They are two times more likely to download unauthorized apps to get work done, putting their companies and fellow workers at risk for a security breach.
For more about how the mobile elite perform in the workforce, take a look at the infographic below.