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Messenger Apps Top Risk Hit Parade

Whether running on iOS or Android, Facebook's and WhatsApp's messenger apps present a 'winning' combination.

The enterprise is still full of risky apps, but, according to a new report, WhatsApp Messenger and Facebook Messenger are the riskiest. Those two present the "winning" combination of high risk and great popularity, whether the platform under scrutiny is iOS or Android.

The "Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report" for Q2 2018 is based on scans that mobile security provider Appthority performed for enterprise customers. The report looks at the combination of app risk factor and app presence in the enterprise to come up with a total risk score.

The two messenger apps are also among the most commonly blacklisted apps among enterprise IT groups, with most listing the risk of data leakage as the main reason for keeping the apps out. Notably, the concern for data leakage wasn't simply for sensitive information being sent by employees; companies also listed data including location and contact lists as information they considered proprietary.

The report details the 50 riskiest apps on both iOS and Android devices.

For more, read here and here.

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