F-Secure: 8 out of 10 Mobile Malware Targets Android

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bpstone

If it looks fishy, do not download it! lol

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bpstone

double post

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Sorian

When more people use your OS, the hackers, spammers, etc. will follow.

This is the same issue people with Windows OS deal with. So the same process applies to being safe there as will for Android OS. Been on Android since 1.6 with no issues, same as on Windows XP never been infected.

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jgottberg

Wow, your installation of XP has never even had a rumor of malware or other malicious software on it? Is it a fresh install? :)

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jgottberg

. stupid double post.

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jgottberg

*wince* I have to start by saying that I am not a fanboy nor on Apples payroll...

I had been as loyal as a Blackberry guy as there is for 13 years. My company decided that we were going to shutter the Blackberry Enterprise Server and go with Activesync capable devices. That usually means either an iPhone or Android based device. I have to be honest, after reading a bunch of reviews and combing through forums, I went with the iPhone5. I did so because of this reason. iPhones are not as prone to malicious software. I've mentioned in previous posts that I manage a fairly large network and managing my phone on top of that doesn't appeal to me. So far, I hate the iPhone. I hate the texting, I hate the email client... but the one thing I will say is that I don't feel as though I have to micro-manage it which was my priority (as well as battery life - which is excellent).

All things being equal, I HOPE the new Blackberry takes off and we (at work) start supporting them so I can get off this device.

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CaptainDoug

I've never heard of anyone that I know having malware trouble. I've never had any and I install a lot of apps through 3rd party app stores.

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stradric

I think it's important to note that the vast majority of Android malware comes from untrusted sources (i.e. NOT the Play store). Of the thousands of Android malware found, only about 100 were in the Play store.

Average users should not install untrusted apks. And if they also stick to apps in the Play store that are well-reviewed, there's really nothing to worry about on Android.

Apple fanboys of course love this news because it justifies their little gated community. However, a new report shows that apps in the Apple appstore are more likely to be gathering your personal info without your knowledge. It's a problem on Android as well, just not as much. So not only do we all have to contend with malicious apps, we have to make sure that apps aren't taking more permission than they need.

Personally I think the government needs to step in and declare personal information a commodity so that when an app tries to take personal information without asking, it becomes a crime. And people willing to release their personal information should be compensated.

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Engelsstaub

I use some Apple products (I'm guessing that makes me an "Apple fanboy.") I certainly don't love such news or feel the need to justify "the walled garden" (which is what I believe you meant by "gated community.")

Even if nearly all of my friends and family didn't have Android phones (and they do) I would think wishing misfortune on Android-users would be something only the stupidest and most worthless of tech nerd-ragers would do. I don't think of myself as a fanboy per se. I use what I like and am open to change. ...but I would much rather be a full-on fanboy than some obnoxious "anti." (IOW: the type that would "LOLOLOL! F___ crApple/Samesung/whatever!" when something bad happens.)

Comparing malware on one platform to some alleged and unnamed study to trusted apps using ones personal info is a false equivalency and irrelevant. Until an app uses info it has access to for "malicious" purposes it can not be defined as malicious.

Your points about sticking to trusted and well-reviewed software in the Google Play store are valid IMO. It's the same as Windows users: Android can be just as "safe" as competing OSes if the user does his or her part.

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wintercoder

Ahh... there we go. When malware infects Microsoft platforms, y'all attack the platform... but attack your precious Google and now it's the users fault.

..and now the name calling starts.

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Engelsstaub

What?

...I use Gmail and (sometimes) Google as a search-engine. Google can't be THAT precious to me as I'm not an Android-user.

Gee, I think I'm going to have to go back and re-read my comment but I"m pretty certain I said something to the effect of "Windows is reasonably secure if the user does his/her part." I very seldomly use Windows for anything these days, but I still believe this to be true.

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pinson101

Got my 1st android phone a few months ago (I had used wp7.5 and iOS up to that point). Withing a few weeks I had gotten some malware. I was really surprised, I figured the mobile platform was safe. Looking back now I can see how ignorant I was. Got AVG and ad blocker, both free, and both have worked great. AVG alone has blocked 2 different instances from becoming a problem.

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kixofmyg0t

How on earth did you get malware on a Android device?

When you were downloading "free apps" off a site that was half in Chinese and the other half broken Engrish.....did you ever stop and think "hmm maybe this isn't safe"?!?

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AETAaAS

What kinda malware was it? I've been on Android for better than 2 years and never had a hitch.

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