Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Feb 2014 23:35 UTC

Google's Android head, Sundar Pichai, on security (original in French):

We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android.

Malware authors may be writing a lot of malware for Android, but they're not very good at it - less than 0.001% of all application installations on Android (in and outside of Google Play) penetrate Android's security.

In other words, this is a complete non-issue - no matter how often antivirus companies and certain bloggers drum it up.

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RE: Comment by kurkosdr
by bert64 on Fri 28th Feb 2014 13:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by kurkosdr"
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The problem is, there are several parties (av vendors, apple, microsoft) who have a vested interest in the general public perceiving malware on android to be a serious problem, and they will ensure that scare stories keep cropping up in the media.
On the ground i know lots of people with android phones and none of them have ever suffered a malware problem. Contrast that with all the windows users i know, most of whom have encountered malware recently.

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