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Before you download new gambling apps, make sure you do a bit of research to protect your smart phone from potential malware.
Gambling apps are often seen as nothing more than fun time-wasters that help bypass the time sitting in a physician’s office or waiting to go through airport security. However a new study says a number of these applications are vulnerable to malicious malware that will take user’s information, track browsing, access contacts and calendar information, as well as make unauthorized calls from your mobile number.
Security and information protection supplier Proofpoint says it tested 23,000 free gambling apps and found 52 containing malicious code, 379 with known security vulnerabilities, and 3,200 to be a ‘moderate danger’ to consumers. The apps included poker, blackjack, bingo, solitaire, and miscellaneous card games.
‘Cybercriminals are increasingly focusing on mobile users with free mobile apps in an effort to steal data,’ Proofpoint said in a statement. ‘The existence, and surprising prevalence, of riskware in apps … is really a valuable reminder of the importance of the mobile app security strategy.’
The many finding that is unexpected Proofpoint was that religious apps may also be inclined to possess malware, and the environment appears to be a favorite medium among cyber criminals.
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