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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RE: Comment by gan17
by FunkyELF on Wed 9th Oct 2013 00:01 UTC in reply to "Comment by gan17"
FunkyELF
Member since:
2006-07-26

No kidding.
We don't care about the percentage of insecure apps... that number can be deflated by inflating the amount of harmless garbage apps that nobody uses.

The percentage I'd care about is the percentage of active Android devices out there with malware on them.

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RE[2]: Comment by gan17
by JAlexoid on Wed 9th Oct 2013 11:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by gan17"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Consider this - the percentage of devices with active malware is irrelevant.
Why? Because there has not been a single piece of evidence that installed and active malware will infect any other device. Bluetooth viruses are not common, even by antivirus company whitepapers.

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RE[3]: Comment by gan17
by laffer1 on Wed 9th Oct 2013 12:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by gan17"
laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

I have to disagree. If a bunch of people download an app with malware and it is connected to a botnet, we have a problem.

Just because the mechanism is an app store rather than a typical infection, this does not mean there is no problem.

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