How well is your Android device protected from malware, Trojans and viruses? Do you download and side-load apps regularly from untrusted sources? I know with my first Android device I really didn’t care much about side-loading, but recently I have been more careful and certainly scrutinize apps a lot closer before installing. Gone are the days of installing every app in the market or store and uninstalling them again 2 hours later.
The extract below comes from an article over at Threat Post, and may convince you (if you are not already convinced) that attackers are catching up to new technologies so much faster these days.
“The number of malicious programs that target Google’s Android mobile platform is growing at an alarming rate, according to data from anti-malware company F-Secure.
In the first quarter of 2012, F-Secure identified 3063 new malicious Android application packages (APKs) and 37 new families of Android-based malware, according to the company’s latest Mobile Threat Report [PDF]. That is compared with 139 new malicious APKs and just 10 new malware families in the same quarter last year.
“This type of growth really shows how much more the Android OS is being targeted by criminals,” Kaspersky Lab Android security specialist, Tim Armstrong told Threapost via email. “As people move from traditional computing platforms to more mobile solutions, Android malware will continue to grow exponentially, as it is currently the easiest for malware authors to attack.””
Click here to read the full article over at Threat Post.
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