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    Exclamation Android malware numbers are staggering!

    From Tweaktown March 8, 20163 by Anthony Garreffa

    According to F-Secure, a security firm, Android accounted for 79% of all mobile malware in 2012. This is an increase of 66.7% and 11.25% for 2011 and 2010, respectively.
    Apple's iOS doesn't even attempt to come close to these numbers, and only accounted for 0.7% of mobile malware in 2012.


    Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian all entered the pie with much less than Android, with 0.3%, 0.3% and 19%, for Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian, respectively. The security firm also discovered that Android saw a surge in malware at the end of the year, but most of the malware is found in emerging markets. This means that most, not all, people in Europe and the US won't be affected, but everyone should always play it safe when opening up messages, links and emails.


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    Only makes sense. Open source. Code is there to play with. Now why it's aimed at emerging markets I don't Know. As for growth, consider the increase in android sales during the same period. It makes them a likely target. Be vigilant.
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    These security firms thrive on fear and percentages. An 66.7% increase is not much when you are starting from a very small number. After all, they have something to sell. Just avoid downloading from "cracked" sources, use a little common sense and you should be fine.

    When they say "emerging markets" they mean India and China, where much of the world's malware and scams originate and are more sucessful in that part of the world.
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    Interesting.

    I updated your photo in the OP - the forum likes to shrink photos for some reason. I just hot linked to the article.
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    Good job Fred
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederuco View Post
    Interesting.

    I updated your photo in the OP - the forum likes to shrink photos for some reason. I just hot linked to the article.
    Frederuco, thanks for updating the graphic. It's appreciated. I wasn't sure if the forum etiquette allowed using hotlinks to the original article. I know on some Windows forums that is 'verboten'.

    It certainly makes the article easier for the rest of the forum members to read.

    Again... many thanks!

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    What are cracked sources? I have AVG free ed on my android TF700. Will that do it? I pick up my mails from trusted sources, and the only other thing I do is browse the web. I never download on to the TF700. I do that on my desktop which has more security.
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    Quote Originally Posted by partandroid View Post
    What are cracked sources? I have AVG free ed on my android TF700. Will that do it? I pick up my mails from trusted sources, and the only other thing I do is browse the web. I never download on to the TF700. I do that on my desktop which has more security.
    There is nothing wrong if you download or use apps from trusted sources
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    Thanks for updating the graphic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alicepattinson View Post
    There is nothing wrong if you download or use apps from trusted sources
    Usually true, though Google has had more than a few malicious apps turn up in their own Play store. I believe it's better policed now than it was in the past, but I can't speak from experience any longer since I got rid of my last Android device a year ago. Malware wasn't the reason, well not one of the primary reasons, but I just found that Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 on a tablet were a better fit for me.

    That said, I don't think anyone who is careful about what they install on their Android device has much to worry about. Stick to the Google Play store and Amazon, read reviews and just don't haphazardly install any old app you come across and you'll probably be just fine.

 

 
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