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[wlug] Two-Thirds of Android Antivirus Apps Are Total BS

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Peter Reutemann fracpete@w...
Thu Mar 14 13:06:23 NZDT 2019

'Austrian antivirus-testing lab AV-Comparatives tested 250 antivirus
apps in Google Play against 2,000 malware samples. They found that
only 80 of the apps could stop even a minimal amount of malware. "Less
than one in 10 of the apps tested defended against all 2,000 malicious
apps, while over two-thirds failed to reach a block rate of even 30
percent," the lab said in a press release. To make sure you're
protecting your Android device properly, stick to apps from well-known
antivirus companies. Basically, AV-Comparatives said, most Android
antivirus apps are phony, and many of them seemed to have been created
only to display ads or promote a developer's career. "The main purpose
of these apps seems to be generating easy revenue for their
developers, rather than actually protecting their users," the
AV-Comparatives report said'

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Cheers, Peter
Peter Reutemann
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174

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