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Mobile Security – Marble Labs Study of applications with high risk

Communications and social media application plug-ins may create greatest risk of privacy and security according to excellent study performed by Marble Labs during Q1 2014.

http://www.marblesecurity.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Marble-Mobile-App-Threat-Report-March_2014_0317.pdf

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/321703-the-10-riskiest-mobile-app-types

QUOTE: Communication apps topped the list; over ten percent of them got tagged as risky. Social media apps came next, around nine percent risky. Somewhat to my surprise, the “news and magazines” category was third, with a bit over eight percent risky apps. Safest of all, according to this study, were game apps, with less than one percent of them identified as risky. The full report points out that consumers may well accept risk levels that businesses wouldn’t. Data leakage in particular is more of a business problem. It concludes, “Companies should monitor or restrict use of these apps on devices that connect to corporate networks, data or online cloud services. Risk-based restrictions are more important than ever, given the ever-growing number of apps and the increased use of mobile devices in the enterprise.”

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