Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Android Q to have more control over location data

Android Q to have more control over location data

The perpetrator also has the ability to load one remote app that some specific server hosts, thereby letting him to load fresh malicious programs when required. Google is changing how apps can be resized, meaning that Android devices with foldable screens should be a little more stable and a little less buggy when it comes to folding and unfolding those displays.

Two-thirds of all Android antivirus apps are useless and fail to detect malware, according to an expert study by an Austrian organization that is specialized in testing antivirus products.

A unsafe permission "could potentially affect user's privacy or the device's normal operation" and "the user must explicitly agree to grant those permissions". The number of times an app has been downloaded is not an accurate metric of quality, and user reviews can be faked, AV Comparatives cautions.

"These updates will help us all provide a more unified and consistent look and feel for Google Play, allowing us to better showcase your apps and games and provide a higher quality user experience", Google mentioned in its blog post. One of them called Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator has been downloaded 10 million times, and 13 of them 5 million times, which accounts for 75 million downloads of the 150 million total.

Researchers at Israeli cyber security firm Check Point have blown the whistle on a dodgy software development kit (SDK) that rendered hundreds of popular Android apps a threat to their users.

The tests were conducted using physical phones - the Samsung Galaxy S9 - which ran Android 8.0, known as Oreo. Some security apps couldn't run on Oreo; for those, AV Comparatives used Android 6.01 running on a Nexus 5 instead.


Past security research has also uncovered hackers exploiting fake antivirus apps to trick unassuming users into downloading malware to their devices. With so many utterly hopeless Android anti-malware apps, AV-Comparatives recommends you stick to the well-known brands. You can slip malware past these apps by using a package name like "com.google.android.scarymalware" because the beginning is the same as Google's apps.

There can be risks in using whitelists.

These apps even detected themselves as malicious.

The apps were removed from the Google Play Store after the Check Point researchers informed Google of their findings. The test was extensive, covering the 2,000 most common Android malware variants from the past year.

The desktop scams became more sophisticated later.

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