We recently came across a number of different types of apps on Google Play, ranging from cryptocurrency related apps to lifestyle apps like weather, fitness and recipe apps, that turned out to be adware. They all aggressively pushed ads, redirected users to other apps on the Play Store, collected basic information about users’ devices and were capable of receiving code to execute on the infected device.
Ransomware attacks have become one the top security threats facing individuals and corporations alike. Although most of these attacks are still aimed at PCs, another popular target has emerged: Android-based mobile devices. According to ransomware experts here at Avast, Android ransomware saw an increase in Q3’17 YoY of 72% and an even higher increase in Q4’17 YoY of 116%, as several high-profile attacks made the rounds.
In parts 1 and 2, we unveiled the top draining apps on Android across the board: the ones that ruin your battery life, hog up your storage or monthly data volume, and the ones that do it all at once. By using data anonymously collected from millions of…
In January, independent IT-security institute AV-TEST conducted a study of twenty mobile security products for Android. The goal was to test the three main pillars of a strong mobile security solution — malware detection, false positive prevention, and performance impact. Avast Mobile Security was evaluated in the study and aced all categories.
This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) was dominated by news from a handful of smartphone manufacturers:
Today, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Avast announces a strategic partnership with Vodafone Czech Republic, one of the world’s top mobile carriers. Vodafone Security and Vodafone Family Security are two new apps that will protect Vodafone users with mobile security powered by Avast starting in Spring 2018.
At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we will be showcasing our mobile security because, as our recent survey proves, the world needs it now more than ever. New levels of cybercrime sophistication are making it almost impossible to identify scams.
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.
You hold the fate of your digital life in the palm of your hand. Literally. Every day. We’re talking about smartphones and tablets.
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…