In a study published today on Techlicious, antivirus solutions from 12 major security vendors were shown to perform poorly against widely available spyware threats. Against nine apps that offer spyware-like features, no vendor detected more than six of the nine, with the lowest-ranking only detecting a third of the threats.
At the top of the list were Avast Mobile Security, Norton Mobile Security, Trend Micro Mobile Security, and TrustGo Security, while ESET Mobile Security and NQ Mobile took the bottom rung. The detailed scores for all 12 vendors are available on Techlicious.
A significant and growing threat
These results are particularly disturbing in light of the frequency of spyware infections among U.S. smartphone owners, the highly intrusive nature of the threat and the impact spyware can have on its victims.
According to security company Lookout, .24% of Android phones they scanned in the U.S…
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