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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Thats disingenous...
by Kivada on Wed 9th Oct 2013 07:41 UTC
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2010-07-07

Considering how most apps on Android engage in behavior we'd refer to as spyware and adware if they where desktop apps, even in their paid versions.

If tracking your GPS location and reading your contacts lists for profit aren't malware behaviors then what is anymore?

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RE: Thats disingenous...
by Radio on Wed 9th Oct 2013 08:22 in reply to "Thats disingenous..."
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Please, if u think they are malware, challenge them in court.

How DARE a fitness app track my location!

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RE[2]: Thats disingenous...
by Kivada on Wed 9th Oct 2013 08:43 in reply to "RE: Thats disingenous..."
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Please, if u think they are malware, challenge them in court.

How DARE a fitness app track my location!

Ever heard of a step counter/pedometer? The modern kind have only existed for 30 years... If your phone has an accelerometer it is able to be used as a pedometer as well, without having to track your location via GPS.

So, you too are apparently willing to sell yourself out completely just to not have a second device on you the size of a lapel pin like the model Nike sells? I guess there really is a sucker born every minute.

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RE: Thats disingenous...
by JAlexoid on Wed 9th Oct 2013 12:11 in reply to "Thats disingenous..."
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2009-05-19

Most apps don't read contact lists on Android, please keep that BS to yourself.
GPS location(precise location) is also a rare permission to have.
Approximate location is much more common, but still far from the norm.

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RE[2]: Thats disingenous...
by Kivada on Wed 9th Oct 2013 18:42 in reply to "RE: Thats disingenous..."
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Most apps don't read contact lists on Android, please keep that BS to yourself.
GPS location(precise location) is also a rare permission to have.
Approximate location is much more common, but still far from the norm.


Oh really?
https://www.xda-developers.com/android/android-permissions-permissiv...

http://lifehacker.com/5991099/why-does-this-android-app-need-so-man...

http://blog.jammer-store.com/2012/12/may-i-have-that-permission-or-...

http://www.instantfundas.com/2013/03/how-to-check-installed-android...

http://techpp.com/2010/07/30/android-apps-permissions-secure-privat...

http://phandroid.com/2011/04/07/every-wondered-why-pandora-needed-a...

Tracking me for advertising purposes is malware behavior and it's happening more often then you think, just because it doesn't render the phone useless like Windows malware eventually does doesn't mean it's not malware.

Believing otherwise is like giving money to Bernie Madoff and expecting a return on investment.

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