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68% of Tested Antivirus Apps Put Android Users at Risk
Any time a user downloads a vulnerable or malicious mobile app, they could put your organization’s data at risk. Ironically, some malicious apps masquerade as ways to improve security, which can ensnare your most well-intentioned users. Research by AV-Comparatives, and independent organization that tests the performance of security software, suggests that most antivirus apps for Android devices are ineffective, malicious or introduce new security risks. Malicious apps typically attempt to gather or compromise information and access services on the device, and can expose organizations to numerous security risks. Vulnerable or malicious antivirus apps pose a graver threat, since they require extensive access and permissions to function. As Brian Barrett noted in Wired, “You’re basically inviting all-seeing, all-knowing software onto your device, trusting that it’ll keep the bad guys out and not abuse its own access in the process.” This invitation consists of an OAuth token the user grants to the app. The risk is especially pernicious because user approval of the app onto their mobile (corporate or personal) device typically occurs without IT involvement. Worse, app access is often persistent until the OAuth token is manually removed.
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