Android’s 290,000 high risk apps

Of the 412,222 Android apps evaluated from Google Play, Bit9 says more than 290,000 of them access at least one high-risk permission, 86,000 access five or more and 8,000 apps access 10 or more permissions “flagged as potentially dangerous.”

Great news for Android… oh wait.



  • http://twitter.com/jgpmolloy John Molloy

    I hate to say it, but it didn’t stop Windows… The difference between being good and being good enough and cheaper is often worth the risk.

  • MacsenMcBain

    Wait ’til the Ethiopian kids hear about this…

  • Luke

    Meanwhile, we have no clue how many iOS apps do this, because unlike Android, iOS apps don’t expose this kind of access explicitly. But yeah, of course, Android sucks.

    • http://twitter.com/shycophante Shyco Phante

      I agree Android store does a much better job exposing what an app requests to access before you install it.

      Apple has implemented some limitations and notifications in iOS 6 at least. But it took the public becoming aware that a shitload of dodgy apps where uploading the contents of their address books before Apple did a thing. Closed = winning. :)

    • http://www.techthirst.com/ Anuj Ahooja

      Came here to say this. Jim needs to stop being so damn one-sided. At least when Gruber bashes Android, he points out what’s right and wrong and compares it to other platforms.

      Of course, Jim probably has never extensively used anything non-Apple, so he’s likely the worst person to ask about a proper comparison of…well…anything.

  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    This is akin to iOS contact debacle. Take ‘wins’ his you can get them though. It helps rally the base. :-)

  • Byrn

    Your defensive because you know deep down android sucks