There are a huge number of apps available on the various app stores—3.5 million and 1.6 million on the Google Play store and Apple’s App Store, respectively—and, while most of them are sufficiently secure to use, many of them aren’t. It can be hard to tell the difference between the two at times, so it is important that you and your team are protecting your business however you can. Let’s discuss the topic of security, as it pertains to mobile app stores, and why the issues have transcended security.
While both Google and Apple have put in measures to protect those using their platforms from malware and are invested in the success of these measures, the system isn’t perfect. Therefore, while the vast majority of apps you download are going to be trustworthy and safe, it is possible for a corrupt app to sneak through and do the bidding of whomever is responsible for it.
The Google Play Store has significant protections in place, but despite this, it also has a history of hosting the most insecure applications. Apple’s App Store has a bit less, sure, but that number certainly isn’t zero. The same can be said of Amazon’s marketplace.
Will most downloads be trustworthy? Yes. Will all downloads be trustworthy? Decidedly not.
The number of mobile device users around the world is enormous, and all of them turn to these marketplaces as they look for the software and entertainment that they need to get the value that their mobile devices potentially offer. The app stores have the processes to check that all applications submitted to their platforms are in fact secure, but some threats still manage to sneak through. With the number of applications that these platforms handle, it’s a mathematical eventuality.
Someone who manages to find and download a malicious application could very well start to experience a variety of issues, such as:
Fortunately, you aren’t helpless in all this. There are a few things you can do to greatly reduce your chance of having to deal with an insecure app, including:
There’s more you can and should also be doing to ensure your business and all its devices remain secure. To learn more about the steps you should be taking, give SCW a call at (509) 534-1530 today.
About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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