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Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World


A customer on his smartphone outside a shop in New Delhi, India.

Android is offering a free app to boost security for smartphone users in the developing world.

Credit: Manish Swarup/AP

Android is now offering a free app to boost security for smartphone users in the developing world, designed by the nonprofit Quad9.

Quad9 executive director John Todd said the overall goal of the app is to improve the entire cybersecurity ecosystem, given cybercriminals' tendency to use computing power they steal from poorly secured targets to exploit sophisticated quarry in developed nations.

The nonprofit offers Domain Name Service safeguards to deter people from linking to malicious websites, which Todd said helps shield users from the most ubiquitous attacks.

The Android app is designed to bolster cybersecurity protection in poorer regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where Todd said users are far more likely to connect online via smartphone.

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