Identification and analysis of free games' permissions in Google Play
Source of Publication
2015 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Systems, ICICS 2015
© 2015 IEEE. Smart phones are becoming more prevalent than ever, and so does the use of game applications for mobile phones. Android platform offers an attractive environment for game developers, as it is open source and it is supported by many of the available smart phones. This paper surveys, analyses, and identifies the most requested permissions when installing a new game application on Android. We base on this analysis to draw some conclusions and recommendations about how to recognize suspicious games or malware. The study focuses on Android free game applications and covers 530 games from Google Play. The study shows that 'full Internet access' is the most requested permission and that 60% of the requested permissions are of high risk. These results clearly call for more vigilance when installing new games/applications and mandate new solutions to secure Android applications and help end-users choose their games/applications safely.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Android, Dangerous, Games, Google play, Malware, Permissions, Privacy, Risk
Alothali, Eiman; Belqasmi, Fatna; Alfandi, Omar; and Iqbal, Farkhund, "Identification and analysis of free games' permissions in Google Play" (2015). All Works. 1921.
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