Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Feb 2014 23:35 UTC
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Google's Android head, Sundar Pichai, on security (original in French):

We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android.

Malware authors may be writing a lot of malware for Android, but they're not very good at it - less than 0.001% of all application installations on Android (in and outside of Google Play) penetrate Android's security.

In other words, this is a complete non-issue - no matter how often antivirus companies and certain bloggers drum it up.

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Comment by kurkosdr
by kurkosdr on Fri 28th Feb 2014 10:21 UTC
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In other words, this is a complete non-issue - no matter how often antivirus companies and certain bloggers drum it up.


This. The only people with concerns about viruses on Android devices are people who sideload apk's from torrentz and warez forumz. 'nuff said.

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RE: Comment by kurkosdr
by bert64 on Fri 28th Feb 2014 13:55 in reply to "Comment by kurkosdr"
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2007-04-23

The problem is, there are several parties (av vendors, apple, microsoft) who have a vested interest in the general public perceiving malware on android to be a serious problem, and they will ensure that scare stories keep cropping up in the media.
On the ground i know lots of people with android phones and none of them have ever suffered a malware problem. Contrast that with all the windows users i know, most of whom have encountered malware recently.

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