Types of Threats in Android: Get to Know About Popular Android Security Apps PDF Print E-mail

Android is the largest market share holder with 52% of global smartphone subscriber-base and having widest range of mobile device platforms hosting this OS. Android also holds the largest app-store in terms of number of applications available to its users with more than 800,000 apps in Google Play, its app store. A recent study described the popularity of Android with having more than 48 billion app downloads from Google Play. However, another research conducted by F-secure labs states that prevalence of malware on various smartphone OSs is concentrated on Android as compared to other OSs.

There was a rise of 50% of malware for Android last year and its state has only worsened since then till now, making it the most vulnerable smartphone OS of today. All of these malware affect the users in one way or the other thus causing them privacy or monetary losses. Some of the threats are discussed below:

  • Premium service abusers: These types of malware take over the control of the user for managing their bills and subscribed services. Installation of these applications deliberately subscribes the user for premium services without their knowledge and eventually increases the bill. Text message sent to premium numbers could be one of the examples where extra amount is charged from the user sending the message.

  • Adware: Adwares work in a similar fashion to in-app advertisement. However, they are displayed as a pop-up notification and users do not have any control on such event. Moreover, these apps de-limits the authority of user to grant permission and adwares access the personal data like contact list stored on the phone. This could hamper the privacy of the user and replicate all the data of phone on remote server, if such functionality is embedded in an adware.

  • Malicious Downloaders: These kinds of malware affect the monetary control of the users and increase their bill for subscription and/or downloading of unnecessary as well as paid apps. These malwares, just like adware, do not ask for the permission from the user and silently turn on the downloading for other applications or malware which could affect the privacy as well as the bill for that duration.

  • Rooters: These types of malware are rare to be found in the app store however, these are the most lethal among the all. Rooting apps allow a hacker to take over the control of the device remotely and allows them to root the device to perform any task which can be performed by the user. User loses all the manual control over the device and any overriding or prevention operation fails to roll back the device.

In recent years that has been a tremendous growth in mobile industry that has led to the rise in mobile application development. Several companies engaged in mobile apps development are gaining a lot of business these days due to the rising demands of such technologically advanced solutions.

Right from school students to college goers, businessmen, professionals to housewives, all are taken by the features and advantages of Smartphone. Available with Android and other software programs, these advanced cell phones by mobile developers are a craze among tech savvy people worldwide who love to explore various platforms at their fingertips.

With the rise in usage of Smartphone, there arises the concern of security. In fact, over the past few years, the OS of such devices have suffered increasing amount of exploits chiefly due to active hackers who take due advantage of the open source platform of Android application development. Hence it is very crucial for users to protect their data on their Android phones.

Top 3 Android Security apps

Avast!

This app with Android programming comes with an impressive array of tools for the Android platform. A genuinely free software program, Avast has antivirus protection along with Web shield that is ideal or scanning URLs for malware. Among its range of tools, the best of the bunch is antitheft component. This hidden feature facilitates in remote control of your Smartphone through SMS. It proves beneficial in wiping, locating and remotely locking phones in case you lose it. As an ideal solution for theft protection, it helps in preventing USB debugging or SIM card locking.

As per the latest AV test report based on top 22 Android security apps, Avast stands fifth and is an obvious choice for enhanced protection. Milos Korenko, Marketing Director of Avast has mentioned that in coming years there might be a paid version of the same but that will not have any impact on the free version offering a number of loaded features.

Lookout Security and Antivirus

Lookout is one of the earliest Android security apps with an impressive user base. An ultimate solution by Android developers, it is available with scheduled scanning, antivurus protection and locate function; it is a completely free version. Other features of this application include- remote lock and wipe, advanced backup, safe browsing, privacy reports etc. It is undeniably the best option for you if you are looking for best antivirus protection and not just an app with back-up or theft-related features.

TrustGo

Go for TrustGo if you want to enjoy a safe web browsing experience and unmatched mobile solutions. It protects you from phishing scams and dodgy downloads. Its system manager helps in managing data, battery and memory usage, thereby enhancing the performance of your device.

This security solution is available for free and for removing or uncovering malware, it has scanner for scheduled or on-demand scans. Its features further protect users from installing or downloading dubious software and updates. In addition, there are anti-theft tools, privacy guard, and back-up features for remote operation.

It is the top ranking security solution and clears AV-malware test with 100 percent detection rate.

 

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