Consumers don’t vet apps well enough to mitigate mobile threat risk, according to the latest mobile-threat report from RiskIQ

Malicious mobile apps that try to dupe consumers by mimicking reputable apps is a persistent problem that’s on the rise, making an app store’s commitment to security a key factor to consider for mobile users who want to avoid these threats, according to a new report.

The number of blacklisted apps — i.e., those that are known to be malicious and compiled on industry blacklists — increased 20 percent in the second quarter of 2019, from 44,850 to 53,955, according to the Mobile Threat Landscape Q2 report by RiskIQ, released Thursday.

Moreover, the percentage of blacklisted apps relative to the total number of apps known by RiskIQ also increased for the second-straight quarter, jumping from 1.95 percent to 2.1 percent.

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