A new study by an antivirus-testing firm has revealed an astonishing number of security apps that do not perform as they claim to. According to AV-Comparatives which conducted this test on 250 security apps from Google Play Store, most of them were either unreliable or had a faulty software implementation.
In their findings, the firm also emphasized that many redundant apps had been developed by entities with no specific focus on security.
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Not just ineffective but risky - The test report mentioned that these ineffective apps were likely dangerous.
“A number of the above apps have in the meantime already been detected either as Trojans, dubious/fake AVs, or at least as “potentially unwanted applications” (PUA) by several reputable mobile security apps. It is to be expected that Google will remove most of them from the Google Play Store in the coming months (and hopefully enhance their verification checks, thus blocking other such apps from the store),” the AV-Comparatives’ blog indicated.
Why user ratings may not mean much - The firm has also suggested mobile users to avoid blindly trusting the user ratings or availability of latest updates for the AV app to determine the effectiveness of the app.