Gingerbread is the Android build most likely to be hit by malicious software
On the other hand, the latest Android OS build, Android 4.2, has some new security features to help prevent the installation of malware. And of course, the "Bouncer" feature on the Google Play Store keeps out those new apps not trendy enough to get through the red rope that might be designed to spread trouble throughout the Android ecosystem.
There was a decidedly large drop in malware attempts in the third quarter, from the 15,000 tries in the second quarter to just 9,100 in the following three month period. After Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich users were the focus of the next largest number of malware attempts at 38%. That comes despite the OS build accounting for only 25.8% of Android devices in use. But with the new safety features of Android 4.2 giving users the option to let their phone check installed apps for malware, eventually this will no longer be much of a problem for Android users.
source: Securelist via Phandroid
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Malware attempts on Android
2. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
This might be important to me because I have two phones that run Anroid 2.3
10. aaronkatrini (Posts: 235; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
Worry not! There are a few things that can keep you secure:
1. Install a free antivirus from the market (I've heard Avast is quite good, i personally use Ikarus)
2. Don't install apps not from the market (unless you know what you're doing)
3. Don't insatll apps on the market that are not enough popular (always make sure to read the reviews)
4. Be suspiscious for any Sms or E-mail you get from an unknown sender.
Other than that I don't see any way you could get an infection. So good day buddy ;)
15. Quezdagreat (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Thats a shame that you need a antivirus program on a cellphone
19. jroc74 (Posts: 3625; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Thats life. And please dont tell me you think iOS is bullet proof?
I got viruses on my Samsung u740 and Motorola E815.
22. jroc74 (Posts: 3625; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Forgot to add.....you do realize there are anti virus apps.....in the Apple App Store.....right?
23. Quezdagreat (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Those apps are used for documents. And they are definitely are not needed
26. jroc74 (Posts: 3625; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Ok.....so its has to be for a specific type of virus to matter for iOS users?
Last time I checked....a virus was a virus was a virus.
And I would like to see the download, purchase numbers for those iOS anti virus apps....if they arent needed.
27. Quezdagreat (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Yes it does matter. Those antivirus apps for ios seems to be more for scanning emails documents not for virus infected apps
25. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
My galaxy s1 is rooted , should I worry ?
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5153; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Definitely the price of popularity. To paraphrase Willie Sutton when he was asked why he robbed banks - 'because that is where the money is....' There is a reason why Windows on Intel platforms gets the lions share of hackers attention. Same for Android v. 2.3 on smartphones - 'cause that is where the opportunity is.
17. Quezdagreat (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
The price of fragmentation and hardware limitation
18. jroc74 (Posts: 3625; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Basically. And seeing as Google has tried to combat it in later Android versions.....I dont see a problem.
Once upon a time Firefox was soooo secure. That was mainly because it wasnt used by lots of ppl. That changed once more ppl started using it.
4. TheMan (Posts: 337; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I have to wonder why malware attempts dropped. Summer vacation or perhaps an opening was found that hasn't been noticed yet?
Or maybe iOS 6 diverted attention from our beloved Android?
6. Ninetysix (Posts: 1010; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
They just have to install a newer version of their favorite Android mobile operating system...
Oh wait... :(
7. Hammerfest (Posts: 346; Member since: 12 May 2012)
Did it really take a study to come up with this?
I mean Windows XP/Vista are more likly to get hit with malware then 7/8 (even though 7 still gets hit, its still LESS then Vista/XP)...
Im just shocked that this is NEWS to someone...
8. Stuntman (Posts: 643; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
So, the most common version of the OS is targeted the most. Thank you, captain obvious.
12. networkdood (Posts: 5248; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
The anti-virus app itself could be malware...no thanks, never had a problem on a PC or my Android phone, because I KNOW what I am doing....
13. nyamo (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
malware.... more like poor coding and people not reading permissions, not like apps have access to the device system like windows programming does. worst case i see is people will be billed for premium sms and have the carriers deduct it
21. jroc74 (Posts: 3625; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Really.....I kow there are some bad ppl out there....but if ppl really looked at, paid attention and understood what those permissions it asks for ...before downloading....installing.....it would help.
How many ppl on desktop PC's check when installing software that they are not inadvertently installing some toolbar or pc security app. Or setting some website as their home page or search engine?
14. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)
4.0.4 is second? Make me want install Kaspersky, not. So far fine without any antivirus. Just install what I really need