It can detect malicious apps from within the app store.
Computer researchers at Germany’s Saarland University have developed software which they claim can track malicious apps that are accessing your private data without consent .
Erik Der, a researcher at the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability, said:"Your address book is read; hundreds of instructions later and without your permission an SMS is sent or a website is visited."
The software was able to detect pieces of code where the app accesses sensitive data while the information is sent from the mobile device.
"So far, we have tested up to 3,000 apps with it," said Der.
"The software analyses them fast enough that the approach can also be used in practise."
Last July, the Russian software firm ‘Doctor Web’ discovered several malicious apps in the Google’s app store. When downloaded, the malware installed other programmes that delivered pricey texts to premium services.