Android Q Promises To Make Your Smartphone Safer And Smarter

Just Android things: 150m phones, gadgets installed 'adware-ridden' mobe simulator games

One of the biggest changes Google has made to Android's privacy is that Android Q will now offer better location settings for apps.

Other security apps only seemed to be using black-and-white lists for virus detection.

"A successful scam app may be downloaded many times before it is found to be a scam", the company says. The adware carrying app campaign once again highlights the need for Android users to peruse the reviews accompanying an application prior to downloading one. In the upcoming Android Q, such another change will be coming and, this time, the ax will fall on apps read and manage items you copy to Android's clipboard. That means a modelling app could be used to create 3D images or support AR photography.

For that reason, he added, "consumers should adopt basic cautionary practices to beef up their mobile security hygiene, such as knowing who develops the apps they download, being generally aware of the privileges apps have by actually reading EULAs and running some form of mobile security software to confirm things are behaving appropriately".

The tests were straightforward: Open the Google Chrome browser on a clean phone, download a malicious sample, open the.apk Android executable file in the file explorer app, then install and execute it. AV-Comparatives is recommending that consumers ought to be vigilant and use only products of well-known vendors.

Numerous poorly performing apps in the test were not actually performing malware scans, according to AV-Comparatives.

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There can be risks in using whitelists. In all, there were more than 150m installs for the apps, with the "Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator" application getting more than 10m installs.

Some apps would even block themselves, in instances when the devs would forget to whitelist themselves.

An investigation by cybersecurity firm AV-Comparatives found many offerings don't work as intended, some don't even try to work as intended, and some are there just for the opposite effect - to bombard the user with ads and malvertising.

"SimBad comes with a respected list of capabilities on the user's device, such as removing the icon from the launcher, thus making it harder for the user to uninstall, start to display background ads and open a browser with a given URL", said the Check Point researchers.

According to an analyst, there are more snake-oilers in the Android app market than serious cyber-security vendors. A few more were over 99 percent effective.

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