Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 21st Nov 2011 07:28 UTC
Bugs & Viruses "What happens when anyone can develop and publish an application to the Android Market? A 472% increase in Android malware samples since July 2011." A study by The Global Threat Center over at Juniper Networks details mobile attacks that are increasing both in numbers and sophistication. This contrasts to the iPhone, more secure in part due to Apple's proprietary hold over the platform through its review process.
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moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

Funny that most people have problems by installing all the junk there is out there, sometimes even outside the market without researching what they are installing.

As always the problem is the users.

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Yup, you can't protect some people from their ignorance and stupidity.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

moondevil,

"Funny that most people have problems by installing all the junk there is out there, sometimes even outside the market without researching what they are installing.

As always the problem is the users."

That's inherently true, but I think you'll agree it's not helpful. Typical users have no way of knowing the good from the bad.

I don't actually know much about the android app store acceptance policies. But I think google should have two repositories, one that is certified/vetted/tested and another one that is more relaxed/less tested. This way, people who want to stray from the certified apps can do so easily, but do so at their own risk.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Stick to the Android Market - as 99% of users do - and there is no virus problem. It's just your typical FUD.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

As always the problem is the users.

Users are only half the problem, an insecure OS is the other half. If this article were about Windows malware, there would be a line around the building pointing that out. But since it's about Android, people are conveniently ignoring the fact.

The irony is that Android which is supposed to be so great, is totally unsecure, while Windows which is supposed to be unsecure, is rock solid these days.

*chuckle*

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