The most common mobile malware encountered are remote access tools (RATs), stalkerware, banking trojans, ransomware, cryptojacking, and adware.
This weakens the entire app ecosystem, which is built upon user trust.
Bad actors have found an easy target in children, and app stores’ ability to set parental controls and conduct extensive review for software applications designed for children are essential to their protection.
Additionally, users should avoid (and enterprises should prohibit on their devices) sideloading of apps and the use of unauthorized app stores.Robert Griffin Jr., U.S. Department of Homeland Security
“Use the official application marketplace only. Users should … not [download applications] from third-party sources, to minimise the risk of installing a malicious application. Users should not sideload applications if they do not originate from a legitimate and authentic source.”
“Use official app stores. To reduce the risk of installing potentially harmful apps, download apps only from official app stores, such as your device’s manufacturer or operating system app store. Also, research the developer before installing an app.”