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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Comment by frderi
by frderi on Mon 21st Nov 2011 18:14 UTC
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Funny - I submitted this - Only to have it being removed. Now it shows up here. Odd.

I think the argument "its not the model thats broken its the users that are stupid" is quite a non-argument for arguing there isn't a problem. Its the typical techno-enthousiasts/zealot argumentation, blaming someone else and sticking ones head in the sand for it. This attitude never solves anything.

Ignoring that a certain security model is not effective relative to its user base - isn't every adequate security model relative towards its intended application after all... - isn't an good way forward in making sure devices are safe to use. Not fixing this were it matters will just lead to half-baked bandaid solutions that render smartphones as overcomplicated and inconvenient to use than their desktop PC counterparts.

Android phones are mass market. You can't reasonably expect every user to come to grips with all security aspects of something as commoditized like a phone. Doing so shovels a lot of the complexity and worrying in the users hands, while technology is meant as an extension of the abilities of humans and thus should be safe to use and be as maintenance free as possible. When technology fails at doing so, it merely ends up as another item to worry about in peoples lives and I think users deserve better than having to worry about their devices.

If there is anything to learn from the PC market, we know now you can't leave it up to the user to make a malware-free platform happen. The millions of PC drones testify to this each day when they are used for internet scams and spam runs. Even Microsoft is constantly trying to fix Windows' broken legacy model with new ways, so why Android insists in using a broken one, in a new and emerging platform, is beyond me.

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