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Mobile security lab results place McAfee at the top

An Android report by AV-Test showed that this particular app had the highest rank for these devices.

According to the most recent mobile security lab report that was issued by AV-Test, it was the McAfee app that received the highest rank in a number of different areas for smartphones based on that operating system.

According to McAfee, its smartphone solution offers flexibility and enhances privacy protection.

In order to benefit from McAfee, a monthly subscription option is available. Its mobile security received the top score within the most recent tests that were conducted by AV-Test, which is an independent testing lab. This placed the app at the top of a list of 26 other leading companies that were included in the study in order to produce the report.

McAfee also took that time to announce that it has updated its mobile security app with new controls and features.

Mobile Security SolutionsThe company stated that its mobile security application now has boosted privacy controls, as well as the option to take part in a monthly subscription for tablets and smartphones based on the Android operating system.

The reason that this information is important is that smartphones and tablets are undergoing a growing mobile security risk as cyber criminals now go to greater length to infect apps that will be downloaded from trusted sources, such as the official marketplace at Google Play. According to a recently released report, the average consumer with an Android device has a risk of one in six of downloading an app with some type of malware or malicious elements.

In the case of the AV-Test results that have just been reported, it indicated that McAfee’s app can help to provide consumers with mobile security and privacy that is easy to use and that is effective. In the four different areas that were tested, the app was able to achieve a perfect 100% score of 13 out of 13. The company detected all of the malware family and samples in the test, it did not produce a single false positive, it did not reduce the device battery life, and it did not slow down the normal usage of the device.

Mobile security threat growing on Google Play

Scamming apps are plaguing users of the official Android application marketplace

Over 1,200 apps that were published onto the Google Play app store have been found to have been designed by “one click fraud” scammers that pose a serious mobile security threat to the Android users who use the applications.

There have been reports of victims being sent tremendous bills with a tiny amount of time in which to pay.

Some of the more common of the latest developments in mobile security scams that have occurred have involved bills of over $3,000 for what was called an annual subscription fee for an online adult video site, for which the users were given three days to pay. The latest scam variation takes more clicks than just one.

Over the last few months, mobile security threats through apps have evolved considerably.

Google Play - Mobile SecurityAccording to Symantec researcher based in Japan, Joji Hamada, “The new type not only requires clicks, but it also requires users to send an email in order to register to become a member of a service, call a given phone number to acquire a password, and enter the password to log into the fraudulent site.” Hamada added that “That’s quite a bit of work to get through just to be scammed.”

However, the users that do successfully complete the process are slammed with these tremendous bills and short periods of time in which to pay. The scammers lure people to these apps featuring mobile security threats by doing what Hamada called “abusing the search function on Google Play,” which helps to make sure that those applications remain at the head of the search results.

He explained that Symantec carried out a test on the top 24 hits for a search at Google Play and found that out of that number 21 had some form of malicious mobile security threat connected to it.

According to a research report from a team at the Information Networking Institute from Carnegie Mellon University, the people who fall victim to one click scams don’t legally owe the money for which they have been billed, but they often pay it anyway because they are too ashamed to admit that they clicked on the link, which is usually for pornographic material.