Q-Scout aims for smartphone security without the intrusiveness

Mobile security firm Quokka—which earlier this week rebranded from its previous name, Kryptowire—is launching a new smartphone protection product called Q-Scout, designed to offer deep insight into applications on Android and iOS devices without being intrusive to end users.

Q-Scout has two primary functions. First, it checks through individual applications on an end-user’s device to detect apps with known security flaws. Second, it analyzes the interaction and permission sets granted to installed apps to detect any potentially dangerous interactions. One example would be an app that has permission to access the camera and another with access to the internet—if those two apps are able to communicate freely with one another, it could create the opportunity to exfiltrate photos from the device.

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