Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Oct 2013 21:46 UTC

Until now, Google hasn't talked about malware on Android because it did not have the data or analytic platform to back its security claims. But that changed dramatically today when Google's Android Security chief Adrian Ludwig reported data showing that less than an estimated 0.001% of app installations on Android are able to evade the system's multi-layered defenses and cause harm to users. Android, built on an open innovation model, has quietly resisted the locked down, total control model spawned by decades of Windows malware. Ludwig spoke today at the Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin because he has the data to dispute the claims of pervasive Android malware threats.

This is exactly the kind of data we need, and Google has revealed it all. So, less than 0.001% of application installations on Android - and this specifically includes applications outside of Google Play! - are able to get through Android's multiple layers of security. In other words, saying Android is insecure is a lie.

Thanks to OSNews reader tkeith for pointing out this article.

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Saying Andoid is secure is wrong
by MysterMask on Wed 9th Oct 2013 05:16 UTC
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"saying Android is insecure is a lie."

The numbers provided have nothing to do with the security of Android.
- The number is provided by Google (might be marketing).
- It only tells you what Google is able to detect.
- The number does not tell you how well Android helps users to cope with security issues (which is much more important because malware normally relies on user interaction and not direct system security breach)
- The number does not tell you anything about infected systems (one popular app that contains malware can do more harm than 1000 apps that are not popular).

Is Android insecure? We simply don't know.
Since more and more user data is stored in cloud services and user tracking has become the norm, the security / data protection / anonymity protection of the services connected to a devices becomes more important. Of course, no word from Google about that ..

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