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Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Pausing Google Play: More Than 100,000 Android Apps May Pose Security Risks

Source: Bit9

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Bit9 analyzed more than 400,000 apps within the Google Play marketplace, focusing on the permissions requested by these applications and the threat each vulnerability poses. Alongside our Android app analysis, Bit9 also conducting a targeted survey of IT security decision makers responsible for the mobile policy of more than 400,000 employees. Our report, "Pausing Google Play: More Than 100,000 Android Apps May Pose Security Risks" shows that:

72 percent of all Android apps (more than 290,000) access at least one high-risk permission.

71 percent of respondents say that their organization allows employee-owned devices to connect to their company's network

84 percent of respondents feel iOS is significantly more secure than Android.

96 percent of respondents that allow employee-owned device access, allow employees to access company email using their personal device.

26 percent of apps access private information such as email and contacts, with only 2 percent of apps being from highly trusted publishers.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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