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Malware in Apps

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by heatwave316, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. heatwave316

    heatwave316 Member
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    A friend of mine was saying that she heard that there were apps in the Android market that contained malware. She was just warning me.

    Has anyone had this issue? Does Google check the apps before they go into the marketplace? :thinking:
     

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  2. nightfishing

    nightfishing Well-Known Member
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    There inevitably are apps that will do bad things (keyloggers, data harvesters etc).

    It is important to watch what permissions apps are requesting and decide if you want to allow those apps on your phone.

    Things to consider:

    Do you know the developer (google, dataviz, twitter etc)

    Devs that have a long history in the market vs. devs that have only a few downloads and little feedback. If an app has 250k dl's and no evidence of wrong doing has surfaced it is likely safe.

    Does a tic-tac-toe game need access to my contacts? and the like

    I do not believe there is a review process before apps are allowed in the market. If an app is found to do bad things they can be pulled.
     
  3. dmcduck

    dmcduck Well-Known Member
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