Using the Privacy Scanner in Mobile Security for Android

Learn how to use the Privacy Scanner feature in your Mobile Security for Android.
The Privacy Scanner powered by Mobile App Reputation Service (MARS), checks apps to determine if they might secretly attempt to steal private information. It connects to Trend Micro through the Internet to get the very latest information about new apps identified as privacy risks.
Whenever you download another app, the Privacy Scanner assigns it a risk rating according to what kind of and how much information it can collect, then warns you about ones that might pose a privacy risk.
If you add apps to the Trusted Apps list, then future scans will ignore them.
Mobile Security can check for privacy risks on your mobile device in two ways:
  • When enabled, the Real-time Scan checks for privacy risks in every new app that you install.
  • Running a scan on demand checks for privacy risks in all apps currently on your mobile device.
Your mobile device must connect to the Internet to run a privacy scan.
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Understanding Privacy Scanner Results

After a privacy scan, you can see what personal information an app may try to collect from your mobile device. Keep in mind that apps may secretly gather information for a legitimate purpose.

For example, a backup app might make copies of your photos on the Internet, and that behavior could trigger an alert. However, most risky apps try to gather information that they should not access. A weather app has no good reason to make copies of your photos, for instance.

Mobile Security for Android can help you see if an app has legitimately collected information, and then you can decide if you want to keep the app. Mobile Security for Android assigns a severity rating to each app:

  • High risk apps can send out your personal and private information such as messages, photos, contacts, your phone number, audio recordings and so on.
  • Medium risk apps can send out information about your location, your mobile device, or your specific identity.
  • Low risk apps can send out basic device information and user created content, such as unique device identifiers, information downloaded from the Internet and keystrokes. Apps that record audio clips, open camera, show advertisements in notifications, or add icons to the home screen are also Low risk apps.

 

Running A Scan On Demand

  1. Open your Mobile Security app Mobile Security.
  2. On the main screen, tap Privacy Scanner.
  3. Tap Scan Now to start scanning. Tap Stop if you need to halt the scan before it has finished.

 

Enabling Realtime Scan

  1. Open your Mobile Security app Mobile Security.
  2. On the main screen, tap Privacy Scanner.
  3. On the scan tab, select Real-time Scan.

 

Scanning Files In Memory Card

  1. Open your Mobile Security app Mobile Security.
  2. On the main screen, tap Privacy Scanner.
  3. On the scan tab, select Scan Memory Card.

 

Viewing Privacy Scan History Records

  1. Open your Mobile Security app Mobile Security.
  2. On the main screen, tap Privacy Scanner.
  3. On the scan tab, tap History and then tap a record that you want to view.

 

Deleting Privacy Scan History Records

  1. Open your Mobile Security app Mobile Security.
  2. On the main screen, tap Privacy Scanner > Scan tab > History.
  3. You can either select and delete records, or delete all of the records:
    • To select and delete records:
      1. Tap and hold the records (one at a time) that you want to delete.
      2. Tap the delete icon (trash can) at the top, and tap Delete.
    • To delete all of the records, tap the delete icon (trash can) at the top, tap Delete All, and then tap OK.

 

Adding Applications To Trusted Apps List

  1. Open your Mobile Security app Mobile Security.
  2. On the main screen, tap Privacy Scanner > Trusted Apps tab.
  3. Tap Add an App, and then tap one of the following options:
    • Privacy scan history
    • Installed apps list
  4. You can now select and add apps, or add all of the apps in the list:
    • To add only the selected apps, tap and hold the apps that you want to add (one at a time), tap the + sign at the top, and then tap Add.
    • To add all of the apps, tap the + sign at the top, and then tap Add all.
Note: Mobile Security will NOT scan any apps on the Trusted Apps list, so take care when using this feature.
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Applies To: Mobile Security for Android - 7.0;

Last Updated: Jul. 14, 2016 1:15 AM (PST)
Solution ID: 1111853