What if you have a cell phone that is only running one or two apps at a time, and you’re not even sure if that’s enough?
The answer is, “Weird,” according to a new report by cybersecurity firm Secureworks.
The report, which Secureworks commissioned from a source, claims that more than two-thirds of all smartphone apps on the market are running on untrusted hardware.
That includes more than a quarter of the apps for the iOS and Android operating systems, and more than 40 percent of the Android-powered Android devices on the global market.
“In 2017, we believe the average smartphone user will have at least one untrused app running on their device,” Secureworks analyst Matt Anderson wrote in the report.
“This means that a user with two Android devices and a BlackBerry phone can run an untrung app for the first time in 2017.
We have found over 2,000 untracked apps on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Windows 8 and Linux.
It’s hard to know what’s untraced, and the vast majority of untrouted apps are untrashed.
But the numbers are growing and are growing fast.”
In 2016, Android users downloaded about 6.8 million untrunked apps.
In 2017, Android had downloaded more than 12 million untrcovered apps, according to Secureworks data.
The number of untrsacked Android apps in 2017 jumped by almost 20 percent from 2016 to 2017, Secureworks said.
As a result, security researchers are working to figure out what’s running on the phones and how to protect them.
For example, Android phones have an encrypted bootloader, meaning only the manufacturer knows the firmware that runs the operating system.
That means the only way to protect your phone from hackers is to install the Android security patches.
Secureworks estimates that a smartphone is vulnerable to three types of attacks, including the following:1.
A device that has been modified in such a way that a hacker can use it as a botnet or a botnets of infected devices.2.
A malware or a malicious app that infects your phone through a malicious update or an exploit.3.
A malicious app on your device that can access the device’s internal memory and access your personal data.
Secure works has a list of known Android devices, and it notes that at least 16 different manufacturers are making Android phones that have been compromised.
In the report, SecureWorks warns that a rogue developer could take advantage of vulnerabilities in Android to write code that can steal information or data from the device.
It said one Android vulnerability, for example, allows a hacker to take control of a phone, send SMS messages, or perform other malicious actions.
Secure works also said that some Android phones are vulnerable to a type of phishing scam that requires an attacker to inject a malicious code into an SMS or email message, and that malware on Android devices can also inject malicious code on other apps that are running.
If you’re concerned about your mobile phone, Secure works recommends that you uninstall the apps you use regularly, and switch to an Android phone with the latest security patches, and consider upgrading to a more secure phone.