App genome project
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In the battle between mobile platforms, one of the most critical factors is the success of the respective app library.
July 27, 2010 Click to enlarge infographic The App Genome Project
A new project is gathering information to find out who is gathering information about you. Lookout , a company that specializes in mobile security, has launched the App Genome Project to expose which Android and iPhone apps can tap your personal data. Lookout plans to unveil its research at the Black Hat Security Conference on Wednesday. The project has fully mapped 100,000 Android and iPhone applications and has scanned an additional 200,000. So far, their findings are inconclusive as to whether one phone or the other is safer overall. About 29 percent of free Android apps can find out where their users are located, and 33 percent of free iPhone apps have the same capability.
The Lookout App Genome Project is a real-time database of information about Android and iPhone apps and their security and privacy implications. (Credit: Lookout) Mobile security firm Lookout has studied 300,000 Android and iPhone apps and fully analyzed nearly 100,000 that are free as part of a new App Genome project that's designed to help keep mobile users safe. The real-time database can help Lookout detect problems before they hit a large number of Android and iPhone users and help educate developers to problems posed by platform issues or poor coding processes. The announcement comes on the cusp of the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.