Tag Archives: apps

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 […]

Are Freemium apps worth the price?

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Freemium is a mashup of the words ‘free’ and ‘premium’. It is well-know that both Apple and Google revenues from their app stores come mostly from freemium apps.  It can be an application like Avast Mobile Security, a game, or any service provided free of charge. The developers make money when a customer pays for upgrades or additional […]

Are Freemium apps worth the price?

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Freemium is a mashup of the words ‘free’ and ‘premium’. It is well-know that both Apple and Google revenues from their app stores come mostly from freemium apps.  It can be an application like Avast Mobile Security, a game, or any service provided free of charge. The developers make money when a customer pays for upgrades or additional […]

Looking back at WWDC 2015

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Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, where mobile developers from far and wide came together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X systems. Along with being the first time I was able to participate in this sought-after conference, it was also […]

TGIF: Avast news wrap up for April 18 – May 1

The Avast bi weekly wrap-up is a quick summary of what was on the Avast blog for the last two weeks. Most everyone knows their PC needs antivirus protection, but they don’t think about their smartphone. These days smartphones are just about as powerful and have as much or more personal information as our desktop […]

Fear and loathing on Google Play: An in-depth look at today’s battery saving and cleaning apps

Avast Battery Saver quickly and easily helps you to save your Android’s battery life Mobile devices are currently evolving at an exceptional rate. Processor speed, display quality and connectivity options have changed dramatically over the past few years. However, battery capacity still seems to be struggling to keep up with the evolving capacity needed to […]

Don’t take the bait: Beware of web attack techniques

When it comes to cybercrime, it’s always better to be in the know. Here are a few ways that web attacks can find their way onto your device. Don’t be fooled — most cybercrooks design attacks to  take place where you’d least expect it. Social engineering preys on human weakness “A lot of attacks are […]

Apps on Google Play Pose As Games and Infect Millions of Users with Adware

A couple of days ago, a user posted a comment on our forum regarding apps harboring adware that can be found on Google Play. This didn’t seem like anything spectacular at the beginning, but once I took a closer look it turned out that this malware was a bit bigger than I initially thought. First […]

Mobile advertising firms spread malware by posing as official Google Play apps

As a malware analyst, I find new pieces of malware day in and day out. In fact, I see so many new malware samples that it’s difficult for me to determine which pieces would be really interesting for the public. Today, however, I found something that immediately caught my attention and that I thought would […]

Facebook Messenger app stirs privacy pot

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Lately, you may have noticed that when you try to send messages through Facebook’s mobile app on your phone and tablet, you are prompted to download the standalone Facebook Messenger app. It’s a cool app which allows you to message your Facebook friends, send picture and video messages, and call any of your Facebook friends […]