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Android Q will come with new capabilities for protecting location data

16 March 2019

Android Q addresses one of my biggest gripes about Android when it comes to privacy: you can tell an app that it doesn't get to track your location when you're not actually using it. It tried to check whether the security apps could show a red flag on such malware. 170 of the 250 Android antivirus apps on Google Play tested by the organization were found to be a sham (via ZDNet).

Only 80 apps detected more than 30% of the malware the company tested the apps with.

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On the other hand, Aptoide is a must-have app for downloading Android apps that are not available on the Google Play Store.

SimBad got its name from how it lurks behind a lot of simulator games which it has managed to infect, likely because it tricked app developers into using the malicious SDK which posed as a legitimate advert serving platform.

Out of 81 apps downloaded from the Google Play Store, 62 per cent required unsafe permissions from Android users according to research.

Besides fraudulently distributing ads among infected devices, the malicious apps can generate phishing pages and then open them in a browser, lending itself to targeted phishing attacks against specific users.

"While this entry means that all genuine apps made by Adobe (such as the Acrobat Reader app) will be regarded as safe, this mechanism also allows any malicious app to bypass the security scan, simply by using 'com.adobe.*' as its package name", AV Comparatives writes.

According to the company, while location data can be imperative to giving users recommendations based on where they are, it is also a very sensitive type of personal user information.

Some apps would even block themselves, in instances when the devs would forget to whitelist themselves. For example, an app that automatically tracks the mileage you drive for tax filing, without requiring you to interact with the app.

Many of these apps are created with the same developer making some of them have a similar interface instead of showing a fully running malware scanner. One of them called Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator has been downloaded 10 million times, and 13 of them 5 million times, which accounts for 75 million downloads of the 150 million total.

Other security apps only seemed to be using black-and-white lists for virus detection. And if those changes and features are important enough, you might think about switching phones for them.

Android Q will come with new capabilities for protecting location data