AVG and Livewire Tackle Android App Security Concerns
Article by George Norman
On 10 May 2012
Good news for users who have an Android-powered device and they’re worried that they might download a malicious app on their device. Security company AVG Technologies and independent Android marketplace and mobile content provider Livewire Mobile have announced that they entered a partnership with the aim of providing peace of mind and enhanced security to Android users.

As part of the AVG-Livewire partnership, AVG will scan all the Android apps that are hosted and managed by Livewire on its Daius platform. Or to put it in other words AVG will run security checks on all the apps that will be delivered from Android app stores hosted by Livewire.

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The apps will go through AVG security checks when they’re added to the app stores provided by Livewire – and that’s great. But what about updates, what if an update is malicious? The good news is that this potential threat as been taken into consideration.

Also as part of the AVG-Livewire partnership, AVG’s Mobilation for Android security solution will be made available free of charge to all the users who get an app from one of Livewire’s app stores. Mobilation will scan every app update to make sure that the user is protected.

Livewire Mobile COO Dave Moreau:
“Our platform hosts and manages mobile entertainment services for mobile network operators, handset manufacturers and media companies worldwide. We believe that while Google has made great advances in providing security for Google Play, malware and viruses are still an important challenge for smartphone users worldwide. The solution we have put together with AVG provides an innovative ’clean‘ service for consumers and helps MNOs and handset manufacturers deliver on their duty of care to their subscribers. AVG is a leading provider of internet and mobile security – what better way to protect consumers than providing them with AVG’s powerful technology?”

JR Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies:
“The growing use of mobile devices to connect to social networks and entertainment services has made it a preferred method for cyber criminals to spread malware. Our AVG Q1 2012 Community Powered Threat Report indicated a major increase in the use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to target Android users – by tricking them into installing malicious apps. In 2011 alone, Google removed more than 100 malicious apps from the official Android market, Google Play. Our joint initiative with Livewire Mobile will help give Android users peace of mind to use their phone apps to safely interact with their favourite social networks and entertainment services.”




Tags: Google, Android, Security, AVG, Livewire
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