Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Apr 2013 23:00 UTC
Google "The family of Android malware that slipped past security defenses and infiltrated Google Play is more widespread than previously thought. New evidence shows it was folded into three additional apps and has been operating for at least 10 months, according to security researchers." Google removed most of it, but not before it was installed anywhere between 2 to 9 million times - finally some figures from Google itself, and not scaremongering by antivirus companies. At 9 million, that's 1.2% of all Android devices sold.
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RE: Article title a bit misleading
by wocowboy on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 11:58 UTC in reply to "Article title a bit misleading"
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I've been around long enough to have "enjoyed" the experience of having to re-install Windows or erase/reformat/reinstall the hard drive or having to install a complete new hard drive because of infection by a virus or malware. Even with anti-virus software installed. I've lost entire hard drives worth of data in some of those great experiences.

Having enjoyed all those experiences, I gradually came to the realization that I didn't have to worry about all that in a "walled garden" type of situation, so I slowly migrated and have been quite happy ever since. As the original poster said, if the applications you want and need are within that wall, then fine & dandy, all is well. I have no problem with the walled garden and the experience Apple or anyone else is trying to provide to their customers. If it works for them, great, there is nothing wrong with that.

I have also tinkered with my iPhone, jailbreaking and unlocking the various models I have owned. It was fun and exhilarating but I have left that behind because I know/knew the risks and don't need to do that any more. As with my computer, all the software I need or want is within the walled garden. This is probably all a function of getting older and having had those "fun" experiences of crashing computers and cellphones and not wanting to have to deal with that any more, but that's fine. As long as people know the risks, if they want to have that experience, I have no problems with it, just don't come crying to me when your computer or phone becomes nothing more than a doorstop. Been there/done that/you've been warned.

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