The Cybersecurity 202: Companies are trying to crack down on shady apps that spy on partners, exes

Cybersecurity companies are pledging to help customers scrub “stalkerware” apps hidden in their phones after a digital activist raised an alarm about the tools some people use to spy on partners and exes. Symantec and McAfee both told me Wednesday that they’re trying to alert customers about these apps — also known as “commercial spyware” or “surveillanceware.” And Russian anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab also pledged last week to start sending users special alerts when stalkerware apps are detected on their customers’ Android smartphones, and the U.company Lookout explained Tuesday how it offers similar protections.

Link: The Cybersecurity 202: Companies are trying to crack down on shady apps that spy on partners, exes
via http://www.washingtonpost.com

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