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Anti-Virus on Android: Beware of Low-Quality Apps

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Anti-Malware , Mobility , Technology

Anti-Virus on Android: Beware of Low-Quality Apps More Than Half of AV Apps are Ineffective, Testing Firm Finds Jeremy Kirk (jeremy_kirk) • March 15, 2019 Screenshots of Android anti-virus products. (Source: AV Comparatives)

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.

The Austria-based organization, AV Comparatives, warns that some of the security apps were so poorly engineered that they detected themselves as malware. About 10 percent of the apps tested appeared to come from amateur developers more focused on advertising and monetization than security.

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"Some of the Android security products in our test blocked so few of the malware samples - in some cases literally none - that they cannot reasonably be described as...(continued)

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