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Zombie apps haunt BYOD workplaces

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    According to a new study of around 3 million apps on employee smartphones, 5.2 percent of iOS apps and 3.9 percent of Android apps are actually dead, removed from their respective app stores and no longer supported.

    Every single enterprise studied had at least some zombie apps on user devices.

    These zombie apps can be harmful in a couple of ways, according to Domingo Guerra, president and founder at Appthority, the mobile app security company that did the research.

    The apps could have been removed from the app stores because they are insecure or have malware in them, he said.

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    In addition, third parties could hijack the update mechanism for these apps in order to install new malware on user devices.

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