I’ve had an Android phone for more than two years now and my girls, who are 7 and 10, LOVE to download apps to it, primarily games. Although they are fairly savvy when it comes to technology, thanks to having a blogger for a mom and a tech entrepreneur for a dad, you never know when a seemingly harmless game download can become madware. They’re into downloading games that look fun and engaging, not worried about what potential threat may lie behind it for mom’s phone!
I’ve got enough on my plate as a busy working mom so anything that makes my life easier is wonderful. Norton created a free Android App called Norton Spot to identify potentially threatening madware before it becomes a full-fledged problem. Available in the Google Play app store, Norton Spot took just seconds to download to my phone and immediately identified apps that display ads, collect location coordianates, and mobile network info. I was surprised that not all these apps were ones my kids had downloaded. In fact, several were free apps that I’d chosen and downloaded, such as Words With Friends and The Weather Channel!
Madware can link itself to popular apps such as Angry Birds (and who doesn’t have Angry Birds on their phone?) and Flashlight and gains access to your personal information, location, settings, and frequently delivers advertising inappropriately. These are not only annoying but slow your phone down.
Here’s an interesting infographic from Norton illustrating some eye-opening (and alarming) statistics about madware. In the past nine months, apps that include madware grew by 210%. 210%!! That’s a pretty incredible statistic! Norton Spot evaluates the madware risks of all your apps and tells you which ones can harm your phone. You then decide whether or not to delete them or not. And remember, madware only affects Android phones.
Have you ever been the victim of madware on your Android phone?
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Norton. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.