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10 app categories at risk of malicious malware revealed in new study

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Latest information released by Symantec proves malicious malware in the mobile space are surging. In fact, the Internet Security Threat Report details Symantec blocked an average of 10,573 malicious mobile apps per day in 2018.

To highlight the risk bound in tech, mobile phone case specialists Case24.com sought to uncover the danger of malware in our everyday apps through analysis of the report. After all, do we ever pause to think before we press “download”?

In 2019, it was found 39.1% of apps found in the “Tools” category are at risk of malware.

Placing second, albeit significantly lower is the app category of “Lifestyle” with a threat of 14.9%. It seems shopping, looking for recipes or finding yourself on a dating app can cause harm to your device and data.

Likewise, “Entertainment” (7.3%), “Social and Communication” (6.2%) and “Music and Audio” (4.3%) pose an elevated risk as well. Further down the list, the apps causing the least threat of malware is in relation to “Education” (2.6%), and “Books and Reference” with 3.2% associated dangers.

Case24 also extracted the most common search terms and questions Americans and Brits Google in relation to mobile phone hacking and internet security.

“iPhone hacks” seems to be an extremely popular term in the US, with a whopping 14,800 monthly searches – concern?

“How to hack a phone” had an average monthly search volume of 6,600, whilst in the UK this was 880. This was followed by “How to hack someone’s phone” garnering 5,400 average monthly searches in the US, whilst Brits type this into Google 880 times.

Interestingly Americans search for “Android hack” 2,900 times a month on average. And in the UK, this figure stands at 480.

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