Communication, social media and news mobile apps are now considered to be among the ‘riskiest’ of 34 Android app categories analyzed in the latest Marble Security Labs’ Mobile App Threat Report, which was published this week.
Based on an analysis of more than 200,000 Android apps last month, Marble Security ranked these as the 10 riskiest mobile app categories:
- Social media
- News and magazines
- Media and video
- Travel and local
- Music and audio
Surprisingly, the lowest risk category was games, followed by app widgets and wallpapers.
“Our research proved that some mobile app categories put companies and consumers at more risk than others,” said Marble Security CTO David Jevans. “Mobile threats are not just about malware. Even seemingly innocent apps can pose data leak risks as they feed information to advertising engines or hackers’ servers, comb through contacts or emails, or exchange documents. Mobile security is a new and rapidly evolving field, and these findings help identify the categories that deserve the most scrutiny.”