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Android Q will come with new capabilities for protecting location data

16 March, 2019, 23:40 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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You will not see this change on apps listed in the Google Play Store for Android TV, Wear OS and Android Auto. A new report has come out to show that two-thirds of all these apps don't work as advertised - they're all frauds.

The results of the report are absurd: the antivirus apps are detected as malware and highlight the current situation of the Android antivirus sector, where the real IT security providers would be very few.

According to AV-Comparatives 170 of the 250, Android antivirus apps failed the basic tests and turned out to be a sham.

Despite of numerous safety measures by Google, security researchers have recently discovered that more than 200 Android apps are infected by a new kind of adware called SimBad on the play store.

Some 200 apps available on the Google Play Store contained unsafe advertising code that had the potential to force a smartphone to display ads outside the apps, open links to websites and the app store automatically, and download new apps independently.


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.

Google has now removed the malicious apps from the Google Play app store but only after potentially millions of devices were infected. The latter of those centered around exposing the user to apps via automated, unsolicited downloading or showing out-of-scope ads for those apps. As of May 1, new apps submitted to the Google Play Store will not be accepted if they don't follow the new icon guidelines. AV-Comparatives is recommending that consumers ought to be vigilant and use only products of well-known vendors.

"Read the description and think about whether the app really needs the ability to record you in order to provide a VPN service".

One of the biggest changes Google has made to Android's privacy is that Android Q will now offer better location settings for apps. The update about the affected apps revealed that they were mostly a shooter and racing games. Others are developed for ad purposes especially the free ones.

Some apps or features within an app may only need location while the app is being used. This tactic is common amongst Android malware, and this one is not an exception. Majority reduce the efficiency of your phone, consume a lot of battery, annoy you with notifications and take up a lot of your storage.

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