Android users alerted to prevalence of nasty apps

May 4, 2018 3:38 pm10 comments

Android usersby AKANI CHAUKE
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) has urged the country’s mobile users to be on the look-out for malicious apps designed for use on the Android mobile operating system.

In South Africa, Android’s share is rapidly approaching the 80 percent mark of the mobile market of over 35 million subscribers.

Worldwide, almost 75 percent of smartphone users have downloaded the various versions of the popular open source operating system.

WASPA chairperson,Anthony Ekerold, said the ongoing shift to mobile and Android’s open source appeal had seen increasing attacks on mobile users through malware and ransom ware inadvertently downloaded at app stores.

“The ability to spy on consumers’ handset usage, using adware to force a consumer’s handset to generate ad clicks and the defrauding of the mobile user through ransom ware are outcomes that WASPA is working hard to avoid,”Ekerold said.

WASPA is ramping up its consumer education and industry engagement mission in an effort to mitigate the potential threat from malicious, Android-based apps largely developed overseas.

Ekerold explained that local mobile consumers should always ensure they downloaded apps from reputable vendors like the Google Play Store and to ensure they had anti-virus and anti-malware apps installed on their phones.

Users should keep abreast of the latest malware and ransom ware designed to target mobile users worldwide.

WASPA regularly publishes its ‘application block list’ which helps inform South Africa’s mobile network operators and its members of any domains where mobile content and application fraud is potentially occurring.

“WASPA continues to work with the local mobile industry to mitigate the risks arising from Android malware and this specifically means ensuring payment platforms are robust, monitoring is ongoing and controls are up to date,”Ekerold concluded.
– Technoafrica


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