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CNET News Video: Stamping out aggressive mobile app ads

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CNET News Video: Stamping out aggressive mobile app ads

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If you've ever downloaded a free mobile app on your Android smartphone, there is a pretty good chance you've been the target of an aggressive ad or other app malware. But there is a new sheriff watching the app store, keeping an eye on so-called "aggressive ad networks." CNET's Jonas Tichenor takes a look at the best ways to protect yourself.

A trip to the App Store can feel like Christmas with the download of a new free app. It's also become a playground for aggressive ads and malware this is something that were seeing where. Security companies are realizing that especially in the mobile age -- sort of a wild west anything goes scenario some seemingly innocuous apps bombard Smartphones with spam the ads and icons. And it can get worse you have ad networks that without your knowledge can take your -- address or your phone number. And then send it for who knows what to to some server someplace given a happy is the co-founder of lookout. A mobile security firm trying to educate advertisers. About what is considered okay anytime an advertising network is. About putting advertisements in a place where you don't expect them we think that the problem. The firm estimates that 5% of three Android apps have invasive advertising. That's hundreds of millions of downloads so how can you protect yourself from invasive ad networks and apt malware. First read the terms and conditions. This is not the page armed services to read through -- -- -- experience short message next make sure that you're downloading from a known source. And finally check out look outs free software download that lets you see the behavior of apps and uninstall them accordingly. -- -- Cisco Jonas tuition -- cnet.com. For CBS news.

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