Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Oct 2013 21:46 UTC
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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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lemur2
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2007-02-17

I would have to say that 90% of the software on Android IS malware. All those "pay me for the full version without ads!" software out there that has become the norm makes me ill.

Also, I would like to add that "This application is requesting access to your contacts..." etc is where the 'security' is at. So while an apk file may not be able to just secretly go in and steal all your stuff, it can ask if you think it's okay for it to do so.

Just sayin'...


Well, there is the F-Droid repository for Android ...

https://f-droid.org/

From there at least you can get applications for Android which do not suffer from the problems you describe. I would contend there is no equivalent to this for the closed-garden iOS and Windows Phone ecosystems.

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