We have heard and read news regarding the rise of mobile device malware attack. Amid the rise of popularity of the android operating system, now it also becomes the biggest target of malware attack. Unfortunately, other operating system such as Symbian, Windows Phone and Apple IOS still not yet freed from the malware attack.
Web security firms are doing campaign to educate mobile device and smart phone users to use mobile security application to prevent malware infection on their mobile device. Regardless of the operating system, antivirus or antimalware app is a must have application to protect user from malware, spyware and even crimeware that could cause many lost, including financial.
During this campaign, a bad news has come from a well-known web security firms AVG. The new released AVG Free Mobile Antivirus app has been pulled out from windows phone application market by Microsoft. Microsoft has taken the action after some internal and also external investigation on the app function. The investigation result has shown that the AVG Free mobile antivirus does not do anything in the benefit of user to protect their device against malware or virus.
Rafael Rivera, a self-proclaimed windows hacker, through an investigation, has found that AVG Free mobile antivirus does not scan or protect mobile device from viruses at all. What it does is only checking and screening for string and hebrew strings which is containing “eicar” in photos and music directory. Microsoft Windows Phone operating system itself does not allow any application to access system files.
Investigation result from another expert, Justin Angel, a former Microsoft employee, has shown that AVG Free Mobile Antivirus does not totally “useless”. Besides scanning for the string “eicar” it also collects information such as Phone ID, Network operator, email address of user and GPS location and then send it to AVG servers. A behavior which is similar to what spyware does.
AVG claimed that the app has been checked and approved by Microsoft before being placed in the Windows Phone Application market. Different than android application market, Microsoft do screen and check each application before allowing it to be placed in its application market. This fact has raised new question: why did Microsoft allow AVG Free Mobile Antivirus to be placed in it Application Market.
Antivirus or antimalware app is still a must have application for mobile devices and smart phones to prevent virus infection . Virus and malware infection on your mobile devices could steal your private and phone data, not to mention also your banking data if you are accessing internet banking from your mobile device. We just have to choose the security app wisely and do not take anything for granted. Check and review all your apps including antivirus apps.