UCWeb has announced a partnership with security company Trend Micro to improve mobile web browsing security for its users at the GMIC event in Beijing. Under this agreement, both the companies will work together to provide web safety assessment services for UCBrowser, and ensure better security for users who download mobile applications via it. Through this partnership, UCBrowser will have access to the world’s largest block list of malicious websites as it will have access to Trend Micro’s 50,000 servers across the world. Also Read - UC Browser is back on Play Store after update in line with Google policy
According to Trend Micro, its Web Reputation Services (WRS) scan the Internet and analyse as much as 4.46 TB of data per day to keep its block list up to date. UCBrowser will also leverage Trend Micro’s Mobile Application Reputation Service (MARS) to identify if the app is safe for downloading or not. MARS has to date evaluated over 3 million Android applications and has found 560,000 apps to be malicious. Also Read - Alibaba’s UC Browser disappears from Google Play Store allegedly due to malicious promotions, company responds
According to UCWeb, mobile phone users are susceptible to malicious apps and websites and as many as 107,039 phishing websites have been identified worldwide. In 2012, Trend Micro detected 350,000 malicious Android apps on the Google Play Store and this number is expected to grow by 400 percent to 1.4 million in 2013. Google for its part is trying hard to solve the problem as it has implemented its ‘Bouncer’ algorithm on the Play Store, but clearly this is a growing issue. Also Read - UCWeb launches UC News app for India, updates its UC Browser
Disclosure: UCWeb paid for our stay and travel for the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing.