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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RE[3]: Already told
by JAlexoid on Sat 1st Mar 2014 13:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Already told"
JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

If you dismiss his facts because you don't like his opinion, that's where bias becomes damning.

There are facts and there are cherry-picked facts.
And lies like "the only sort of software where Android leads iOS in third-party developer support". You take that lie as a fact and tell us that we dismiss his "facts" because of opinion? No, Gruber is just that - fanboi.

So if honest developers consider iOS more fertile ground, why should dishonest developers be any different?

Your assumption is that iOS users are safer by default and nefarious individuals/groups don't use a different attack vector for iOS users...

And yet Cydia doesn't seem to have much of a problem, either.

Cydia is used mostly by nerds and geeks that are a bad target for malware writers.

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RE[4]: Already told
by atsureki on Sat 1st Mar 2014 20:13 in reply to "RE[3]: Already told"
atsureki Member since:
2006-03-12

There are facts and there are cherry-picked facts.
And lies like "the only sort of software where Android leads iOS in third-party developer support". You take that lie as a fact and tell us that we dismiss his "facts" because of opinion?


That 'lie' is just a quip, but it's barely an exaggeration. The iOS-first trend is well documented. With facts.

Your assumption is that iOS users are safer by default and nefarious individuals/groups don't use a different attack vector for iOS users...


I don't know where you're getting that, but it's irrelevant. I hardly think iOS users are any less likely than Android users to get struck by lightning, but they are tremendously, dramatically, night-and-day less likely to have malware on their phone, and not because malware development is some kind of all-or-nothing market share game, but because it's much harder to get it onto the device.

Cydia is used mostly by nerds and geeks that are a bad target for malware writers.


As opposed to sideloading, piracy, rooting, custom ROMs, and third-party app stores, which all the old church ladies are so into these days? Or was your point that Android devices are more vulnerable even without those things? Because yes, that is correct.

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RE[5]: Already told
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 1st Mar 2014 20:20 in reply to "RE[4]: Already told"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

That 'lie' is just a quip, but it's barely an exaggeration. The iOS-first trend is well documented. With facts.


Except for the fact it's untrue. See my previous comment.

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