Tag Archives: Android

Avast Android App Report reveals: These apps crush your phone’s battery

It won’t be exactly groundbreaking news when we tell you that your apps consume your Android’s battery, data, and storage. But here’s what far fewer people know: most apps run invisible in the background and the worst offenders drain all three (battery, data, and storage) at the same time. To help you navigate the digital sea of apps and learn which ones are sapping your resources, Avast, the global leader in digital security products, regularly releases the Avast Android App Performance & Trend Report.

4 tips for parents of the smartphone generation

Today’s children are known as “digital natives.” That is, they were born into a world where “phone” is short for “smartphone,” not “telephone,” and staring at screens is more necessity than luxury. But at what saturation point does phone usage get unhealthy? How much is too much?  

The essential guide to ransomware and how to protect yourself

Cybersecurity is a major concern in today’s world, both at the corporate and personal levels. Our computers, our handheld devices, and our smart home and IoT products are vulnerable to a variety of attacks. In 2017 alone, Avast blocked 35 billion security attacks against PCs and 208 million against Android mobile devices. What was one of the biggest security threats? Ransomware.

Downloaders on Google Play spreading malware to steal Facebook login details

Multiple downloaders, malicious apps that download further malicious apps to infected devices, have made it onto the Google Play Store. The downloaders are capable of downloading further apps that pose as system apps, some of which are capable of steal…

Fake mobile antivirus apps promise rainbows and safety forever

fakeAVads4.pngAnnoying popups advertising fake antivirus apps appear in mobile browsers.

Those evil popups. We all know them, we all see them every day on our PCs while we are reading news, watching videos, or just generally – clicking. As tempting as they might sound, let me assure you that you’re not a 1000000th visitor and you certainly just didn’t win a lottery. Also no magic diet pills for you. Popups are not your friend. Close them, block them, and never trust them.

How to have the safest phone in the world

Free Wi-Fi is great. It’s convenient when you are away from your home network and want to connect to the Internet using your mobile phone, and it saves money and data. But there is a dark side. Unsecured networks can expose you to a hacker who can easily read your messages, steal your logins, passwords,  and […]

Surprising Twist: Men have cleaner phones than women

Just like their closets, women have more clutter on their phones than men. Our free Avast Cleanup app for Android has removed more than 9,000 petabytes of photos, videos and other unwanted files, to make room for data that matters, since its launch during last year’s Mobile World Congress. In a surprising twist, an analysis of […]

Surprising Twist: Men have cleaner phones than women

 

Google Play Cleanup screenshot

Just like their closets, women have more clutter on their phones than men.

Our free Avast Cleanup app for Android has removed more than 9,000 petabytes of photos, videos and other unwanted files, to make room for data that matters, since its launch during last year’s Mobile World Congress. In a surprising twist, an analysis of the anonymized data cleaned from Android smartphones showed us that men keep their phones cleaner than women. 🙂

The minimalist effect? Men keep their phones emptier and cleaner from data than women do

On average, men eliminate 169 MB of data per clean, while women average only 73 MB per cleaning. Our data also shows that the space on women’s phones is more occupied than the space on men’s devices. Men use just over half of the space on their mobiles, whereas women typically use 13 percent more of their mobile storage space. Additionally, men fill their storage space with apps, while women have more photos and videos stored.

The differences between men and women’s cleaning and storing behaviors are surprising, but could have simple explanations. It could be that men are less attached to their content and get rid of files easier, or that men use their devices more often than women do — therefore accumulating more unnecessary files that later need to be deleted.

The most unwanted data on devices

Unused apps account for three-fourths of the data cleaned by Avast Cleanup. The second most cleaned items that Avast has expunged are media files such as old photos or videos.

“Millenials” are the most active mobile users

Data from our Avast Cleanup reveals that 25 – 34-year-olds seem to be the most active mobile users. Users in that age group clean an average of 261 MB of data per cleaning session. Surprisingly, 18 – 24-year-olds clean only 134 MB of data per Avast Cleanup use, even though they are the age group with the least amount of space on their devices. Our Avast Cleanup statistics show that 18 – 24-year-olds have only 35 percent of space left on their devices, which is the least amount of space compared to the other age groups.

Interestingly, we found that Cleanup users with a Sony device discard the most data with 394 MB removed per average clean, while Samsung owners typically clean 109 MB.

Android security updates roll out to fight “Stagefright” type bug

Android Mediaserver vulnerability looks similar to the Stagefright bug. Android owners may recall the Stagefright bug, the “worst ever Android vulnerability yet discovered”. That malware exposed a billion (that’s nearly every) Android device on the face of the earth to malware. The latest critical bug has similarities to Stagefright, but exists in Android’s mediaserver. Google […]