Majority Of Android Antivirus Apps Are Fake

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Have you been considering getting yourself an antivirus app for your smartphone lately? Since this is an APK update that we are talking about, Android users are first required to head over to their Settings panel and then enable the "Unknown Sources" option which can be found in the Privacy options.

Just as it should, Google is always changing Android in order to harden it not just against hackers but also against unscrupulous app developers.

Only 23 of these apps detected 100% of the malware strains tested.

Austria-based AV Comparatives warns that some of the security apps were so poorly engineered that they detected themselves as malware.

More than half of 250 anti-virus applications available in Google's Play Store offer insufficient protection against malicious software, a security software testing firm reports.

AV-Comparatives conducted the test on a Samsung S9 phone by using 2,000 of the most common Android malware threats of 2018, and seeing whether the security apps could flag them as malicious.

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But out of 250 apps, only 23 of them were able to detect all 100 percent of the malware samples.

In the test, the top-performing vendors included Avast, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Bitdefender among others. In addition, the vast majority of consumers generally lack the technical knowledge to determine how the app is exactly protecting their phone.

Developers of the 210 affected apps most likely victims of the SDK as are the millions of users who installed the apps, which are mostly simulator games like "Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator", an app with 10 million installs from Google Play.

Several other apps matched those figures too with dozens more being download at least one million times, including some that weren't simulation games at all. They automated the device, directing it to download and install known malware apps from the browser. So to find effective antivirus products, AV-Comparatives suggests you stick with well-known, reputable vendors.

If your app has a feature requiring "all the time" permission, you'll need to add the new ACCESS_BACKGROUND_LOCATION permission to your manifest file when you target Android Q. If your app targets Android 9 (API level 28) or lower, the ACCESS_BACKGROUND_LOCATION permission will be automatically added for you by the system if you request either ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION or ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION. The same list also points out the underperforming vendors, many of which we've never heard before.

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