A recent survey by Appthority reveals that almost all free and many paid apps are collecting and sharing your personal data. Bill Snyder reviewed the survey for an article on CIO and found most apps come with a “hidden price – loss of privacy”. Exactly what information is being collected about you? According to the survey, Snyder says the apps collect details about your location, address book contacts, and calendar information. Even more surprising was the survey found that iOS Apps have a higher risk than Android apps. Synder shares the following graphic from Appthority that depicts this high percentage of risk between ios and android mobile apps:
A March 19 CNBC article by Jennifer Schlesinger also warns about the threat of downloading mobile apps. Schlesinger cites that since last years Sony hack there has been an increase in cybercrime with “vulnerable apps” being the new target. She explains that according to a cybersecurity study, 40 percent of large U.S. companies do not have policies in place to scan for threats and vulnerabilities in the apps they are using. Schlesinger feels that this lack of caution is “creating a possible recipe for more data disasters”. One of the latest is the ransomware where cybercriminals are now targeting your mobile devices, holding them ransom until you pay money to unlock or get access to your files/pictures/ and device. This is leaving many companies scrambling to implement policy change and add another layer of protection to address these security issues and protect mobile users.
What about the virus protection apps for the general consumer…are they any good? Digital Trends listed the Top 5 Android Security Apps earlier this year. The author, Simon Hill, writes that security apps have improved dramatically over the past several years, here are the top five he recommends:
1. 360 Security
2. Avast! Mobile Security
3. ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus
4. Avira Antivirus Security
To learn more about the security apps and what they offer check out the full article and Hill’s video – click here.