Android is secure, but your phone probably isn’t. 3.5 million pieces of malware in 2017 means that matters.
When you’re king of the hill you are a target for everyone and everything. Sometimes that’s great — LG’s G6 is an awesome phone that wants to compete with the Galaxy S8 because the GS8 will be the king of the Android hill. Other times it’s not, and security company G Data takes a look at one of those not-so-great times.
When you’re on top you are a target.
Android’s market dominance means it is the main target for people writing malware. Just like Windows for your PC, the fact that more than 70% of smartphone users worldwide use Android means it’s where you want to focus if you’re trying to steal user data. There is certainly malware for iOS, and probably Windows 10 Mobile, but to increase the odds, Android is the target.
G Data forecasts that it will see 3.5 million cases of malware for Android in 2017. A look at the numbers since 2012 shows that it’s not making an outrageous claim, either.
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There’s a reason why malware is successful with Android, and it’s one that still hasn’t been addressed: most phones are using old software and haven’t been patched against it.
Google does a lot of work to make Android secure and keep it that way. It pays people to find security exploits, works with hardware vendors like Qualcomm or NVIDIA to fix them if needed, then writes a patch that can be injected into the existing version with no fuss. If you have a Pixel or Nexus or BlackBerry product, you’ll then get these patches. If you have any other phone you roll the dice and hope the people who made it care enough.
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