Germany’s Merkel hacked right in the middle of our app testingThe recent revelation that one of the USA’s agencies had been listening into mobile phone calls made by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel will spark a massive rise in interest in mobile security apps, GoMo News predicts. So it is a stroke of luck that here at GoMo Towers we are in the midst of testing a couple of security apps from Malwarebytes and Kaspersky. Curiously both are aimed at Android users rather than iOS users. There’s some inherent implication that Apple’s devices are more secure but that’s a false assumption. It doesn’t matter how Merkel’s handset was hacked, the general public will still seek increased protection.
As the UK’s ongoing controversy over ‘phone hacking’ continues, it’s living proof that the general public doesn’t appreciate subtle difference.
The phone hacking scandals were all about listening in to mobile voicemails. But the general public perceived that the journalists involved were listening to voice calls. A total fallacy.
GoMo News considers it highly unlikely the US secret agents were listening into Merkel’s phone calls by planting an app on her mobile phone.
However, it won’t stop the public from suspecting that it was done by software. So they’ll suddenly take an interest in mobile security apps.
One of the latest such apps to hit Google Play (for Android users only, of course) is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile.
This app is free (like virtually all of the other good mobile security apps we have tested). But that doesn’t mean it is any kind of ‘cut-down version’.
GoMo News is a big fan of the company’s PC version. What both products concentrate on doing is catching malware.
Mlaware encompasses Trojans, backdoors and (most importantly of all given the current circumstances ) spyware. Spyware doesn’t normally have those kind of implications but currently it is very pertinent.
Now Malwarebytes describes its Anti-malware as ‘lean’. So it can be run in association with virus catchers like AVG and avast!
Kaspersky is again only for Android but it takes a very different approach to the market in that it is a multi- device offering.
If you buy the company’s Internet Security product protects up to five different devices when you purchase it for one year.
Those devices can be any combination of Windows PC, Mac desktop or Android device. Sadly Apple smartphones and tablets aren’t included.
Anyway, what you want is for a program which can tell you which apps have access to your phone calls.
So far we’ve established that Malwarebytes Anti-malware can do it. We’ll get back to you later on this as we finish our testing!