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3,200+ responded to Microsoft’s call for Android malware horror stories

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3,200+ responded to Microsoft’s call for Android malware horror stories
A few days ago Microsoft said it wanted to hear Android users’ malware stories. In exchange for the best ones, Microsoft promised a brand spankin’ new Windows Phone 7 handset.

Today Bill Cox, Microsoft’s senior Director of Windows Phone communications, has reported that they received over 3,200 responses. It is not clear if there were actually 3,200 legitimate stories or if fabricators that just wanted a shot at a free phone bumped this number up a little bit.

It is not unreasonable to think that 3,200 people could of responded to this request, especially considering that recently Lookout Mobile Security estimated that Android users have a 4% chance of encountering mobile malware. While ‘Microsoft’ and ‘malware-free’ aren’t usually synonymous, hopefully Microsoft can put its money where its mouth is and keep Windows Phone a bit cleaner than its competitor.

source: Twitter via BGR

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posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:15 15

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if i knew i would've made up a story to get a free Windows Phone...just sayin'.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 15:48 9

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Ahead of you, I'm part of those 3200+ :P its a free phone and a chance to try Win7mo

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:53 2

31. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


can we still sign up? I'll take a nokia 900 in red please or a samsung focus + :)

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 19:39 1

28. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Count me too...

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:18 10

2. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Its sad that they have to stoop this low to try and gain some market share.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 00:11 1

34. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


really? first 3200 phones is barely anything in marketshare, microsft just wants unhappy constumers with android to try something new…

and i seem to remember samsung setting up mobile stores outside apple stores in australia where they practically gave away phones…

and windows phone actually rose in market shafre while both ios and android fell.. although only like .2 percent fell, it still shows wp is doing something

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:20 5

3. mrvid (Posts: 73; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)


A free windows phone is not worth it!!

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:41 3

8. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


Even if someone absolutely hated windows phone, it is worth it

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:22 4

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


true. if all of `em are genuine why would they go to microsoft, why not to some kinda android forum or google. and i dont understand what MS wanna prove with this. why dont go n grab some market share

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:43 4

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5279; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


There is no market share for MS to grab.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 06:32

41. Skoll (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


if i remember corectly only 20% of the phones are smartphones. so MS still has the option to get 80% of the market share.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:25 7

5. Rayzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I'm looking forward to what Nokia can do.......not microsoft.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:31 1

7. thatdude1 (unregistered)


Totally agree with you, @Rayzin.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:56 1

11. bigdawg23 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 May 2011)


They are too late for that. You have two companies falling fast behind Apple and Android, that they likely can't make up the ground. With the lack of 4.3-4.65" Phones, Dual Cores and LTE/HSPA+, it really hurts them

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 15:20 6

14. Rayzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Agreed, but they're bringing some fresh new styling and I believe any market needs diversity to grow.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:29 5

6. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


i have worked for Tmobile for almost a year and i have never seen a virus on anyone's phone. Nor have any of my co-workers ever had to deal with a virus. This " android is full of viruses" is such a low move by microsoft.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:42 3

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5279; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"This " android is full of viruses" is such a low move by microsoft."

Which is why only 3,200 phones were given away. They were the dolts who didn't know that viruses aren't really a problem on Android. They don't know the difference between viruses and malware.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 18:18 1

22. Penny (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


This was Microsoft asking them to submit their malware stories, not virus stories.

Good job not reading and calling other people dolts, though. Those kinds of presumptions suit you well.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 18:32 1

23. rob5150 (Posts: 88; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


3,200 phones not given to anyone. ... Only 3200 responses out of 500,000,000 phones

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 00:43 2

36. CellieCell (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


I agree, I've had an android since the g1 and many many more after, even rooted a few. and never encountered a virus, plus i too work for the cellphone company's. and also haven't seen anything suspicious related to. viruses!

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:57

12. Thullraven (Posts: 15; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


That's why I prefer my Blackberry Torch over Android. BB has it's issues as all OS's do, but they aren't known for having malware problems.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 15:09

13. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well, as far as making up stories are concerned. No one beats the fandroids :)

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 15:20 5

15. catfacepanda (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Gemini, that is such a stupid thing to say. People hear "free" and they will do what they want. It obviously doesn't matter what phone they currently have.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:23 1

30. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


oh plz like apple fanboys are any better.... if i can i get a iphone for free i can pretend i love apple like crazy too

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 15:22 2

16. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


i rather get a free window phone than a iphone but for now their no way am leaving android

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 16:06 4

18. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


In another news.
About 3.2 Million Nokia and WP users have just switched to Android...

Yeah! Android wins again

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 18:34

24. Nico85 (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


Surely you can't be serious

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:54 3

32. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


of course im serious, and dont call me shirly! :)

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 01:17

37. Penny (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


^+10

Extra points for that one!

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 20:33 1

29. Sniggly (Posts: 6477; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hi. I bought a leash for you. I hope you're potty trained.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 06:48

42. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


They sure love you

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 17:05 1

20. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Im an iphone guy but I've owned probably 10 or so Android phones and never had an issue with viruses. Just my experience.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 17:59 1

21. samda (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


so, 3200 out of 250 million. wow

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 18:41 1

25. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1471; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


that would make it a 0.00128% chance of users experiencing so called "malware" yea its real epidemic...smh

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 18:56 1

26. networkdood (Posts: 5506; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Hmmm, I only had a virus/trojan/malware issue once on my WINDOWS PC - which is more known for this than any smartphone. Never had issues with smartphone - BECAUSE, I know what I am doing. You see those ADULT FINDER adds or the doublemyspeed.com ads on your PC, and you do not click, RIGHT? Same thing goes for Android phones - if you have any doubt on the legitimacy of the file you are downloading that is not on the market, then do not download it.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 18:58 5

27. networkdood (Posts: 5506; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


What is safer - Linux or Windows...seriously - easy answer....

Also, which is safer Windows or Mac - another easy answer.

If any one OS has issues with security - it is WINDOWS.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 00:24

35. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 616; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


they should probably close those damn windows maybe less crap would get in...just saying. How the hell do you get malware on your cell phone? What is with people? that blinking bonus that says you won something is lying, how stupid can you actually be? Must be computer stupid then. shouldn't be using a smartphone in the first phone, here is a dumbass phone for you...

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 01:21

38. Penny (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


You're right, but off topic. Linux does not equal Android, OS X does not equal iOS, and Windows 7 does not equal Windows Phone 7. That argument does not translate...

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 23:22

33. darvisha (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


I will trade in my Atrix with a windows phone. It is more fluid and halts less. recently I have problems with my android phone and it's bugs/malwares.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 02:39 1

39. bloodline (Posts: 686; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


been with android 4+ years, rooted and all that, loads of apps - not one single virus or malware prob.

talk about over hype from anti virus companies

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 03:31

40. andymp3 (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


You have to wonder who is behind the latest malware crap? Apple or Microsoft maybe? They are certainly capable.....lol

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