Android device protection never rests
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Avast Mobile Security (AMS). We’re so proud to have helped Android users improve their phone’s security, privacy, and performance for an entire decade!
A little history: When AMS originally launched in December 2011, it was a free product that included the following features:
Over roughly the past decade, Android users and AMS have been up against some pretty serious mobile threats. Here are a few historical highlights:
Fake apps would send out SMS messages to users posing as services like utility apps to create a direct way for malicious actors to get access to financial information or receive payments.
Utilized GingerBreak exploits to gain root privileges on the infected phone, especially those running the Android GingerBread OS. First spotted in mainland China.
One of the first RATs (Remote Access Tools) for Android. It allowed malware authors and jealous partners to remotely take control of a device and snoop on messages, email, browsing history, and location. Today, this type of threat is known as stalkerware.
Putting it simply (!), Simplocker scanned for accessible files on the phone’s SD card or external storage. It then encrypted files with certain extensions (.jpg, .doc., .pdf, .txt, etc.). Next, a ransom request was sent to the user before they could regain access to the encrypted files.
One of the most sophisticated pieces of Android malware ever. Combined capabilities of other malware (such as spyware, RATs, and so on) to steal the user’s banking credentials or perform banking fraud. It did an excellent job of hiding itself from users by using a popup screen to mimic bank login screens.
As you can see, when it comes to protecting Android users, the AMS team never rests. We’re always monitoring and preventing new threats. As technology changes and the world evolves, so does our response. Our Android AV app Product Manager, Michal Skvor, gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of what it’s like to work with the AMS team:
“AMS isn’t just one of the most downloaded mobile security apps in the world, but also a top-class product recognized by respected, independent experts throughout its 10-year history.
AMS’ dedicated team of mobile experts have always managed to stay on top of rapid security threats. At the same time, they’ve adapted the app to the constantly evolving Android ecosystem and users’ needs. Since I joined the team around Avast Mobile Security, I’m still amazed by all the smart and talented top domain expert people who work on it with full commitment to its key purpose: to protect digital freedom for everyone.
Mobile devices are increasingly becoming part of our lives and the Avast Mobile Security team never slows down. In fact, there are a lot of big changes coming down the pipeline, so stay tuned!”
The newest version of Avast Mobile Security is packed with loads of new features, including these user favorites:
To celebrate Avast Mobile Security’s 10th Anniversary, we’re offering a 40% discount to new users for their first year! We hope you enjoy using the product as much as we’ve enjoyed building it into what it is today – and into what it will be tomorrow.
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