Android based mobile phones have witnessed a staggering 400% increase in malware attacks since the 3rd quarter of 2011.
With fame comes a price, Android’s smartphone market share is almost half, so it is just a matter of time until hackers and malware programmers will attack the giant, taking us back to the memories of Windows PCs’ viruses in the 90’s. It seems the blame goes to the fact that anyone that can afford $25 and a developer account can publish apps without any inspections or approval process. So it seems that the Apple’s App store’s long and grueling approval process does not sound like a bad idea if not having one is going to compromise with privacy and security.
The good news is that Google, unintentionally or maybe intentionally, is creating more jobs for anti-spyware and anti-malware developers for Android smart phones. Which does not seem like a bad idea in these tough economical times.
The bad news is that Android users should take extra precautions when giving apps access permissions and most importantly, to make sure that the Android phone has the latest patches and updates installed or suffer the consequence of getting an SMS trojan or even worse getting their personal information stolen.
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