Lookout has announced the creation of the "Mobile Threat Network" -- designed to automate the process of detection and analysis of applications that pose a threat to the end user's security. Using a mobile security API, protection can be extended not only to the end user, but to the application market as well. Verizon Wireless has gotten on board, and their VCast app store will use the mobile security API to connect with the Mobile Threat Network, the first such company to become involved. We've seen how hard it can be to keep determined people from pushing malware laden applications to market, so we're glad to see any effort to fight against it.
The way it works, applications are scanned and analyzed, with suspicious apps identified. After determining that an application is malicious, Lookout will protect your phone, and the new Mobile Threat Network keeps it from showing up at any market that participates -- like the VCast app store. A fast and efficient way to scan applications and mark potential problem apps for a further investigation sounds like a great solution to a real problem.
It's a sad fact of life that an open market model will have malware. We hate it as much as you do, but it's important that we recognize that it exists. The vast majority of the applications available for the Android platform are perfectly safe to use, written by hard working developers, but one bad Apple can ruin the bunch. Maybe you have the time and know-how to keep yourself safe from malware, but if you want the convenience and security of an automated system from the professionals, it's great that one exists. For more details, read the press release after the break and hit the source link to read more.
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