Data breaches have become more and more common, even as the cybersecurity industry has reached over $75 billion. Yet, even as so much attention has been given to computers, databases, servers and other headline-grabbing terms, one point of concern has been conspicuously missing: apps.
Though app security hasn’t been at the forefront of most people’s minds, it is one of the most crucial factors to consider. After all, the vast majority of Americans use apps on their phone every single day. While there’s a great chance every app on your phone is safe, certain users are more prone to coming under attack.
According to the report, out of the 120 mobile app marketplaces, Google Play is the second-most inundated with “blacklisted” (unsafe) apps. Its sister app store, AndroidAPKDescargar, remains the number one source for potentially dangerous apps. This is because AndroidAPKDescargar is a marketplace where practically anyone can upload an APK file or app for download. There is very little screening, and all Android users need to use an APK file is the proper installer — which can be found on Google Play.
Of all the malware threats in apps, trojan viruses and adware remain the most common. It’s believed that most of these dangerous apps will be migrated away from major app stores as Apple and Google become much more vigilant of these threats.
The good news is that blacklisted app downloads have fallen by 40 percent from Q1 to Q2 in 2017. This can be credited to smarter consumers and greater warnings about the dangers of untrusted apps.
As you build your own app, you must ensure that security is one of your top priorities. Five Pack Creative can help. Contact us today to learn more about our mobile app development process and the other vital services we offer.