Google says less than .001% of Android malware evades Google Play security to cause harm
0. phoneArena 03 Oct 2013, 22:38 posted on
Every month or so there is a new story that comes out about how much malware can be found on Android or in the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, most of the reports don't include all of the information that you'd expect. Stories about malware on devices often don't mention what harm is actually caused, nor that most malware comes from sideloading, or devices without the Google Play Store...
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1. Shatter (Posts: 1957; Member since: 29 May 2013)
My question is has anyone on this site even gotten malware? From my understanding its mainly people who pirate apps that get it from people who release hacked versions of the app with malware in it.
3. SleepingOz (unregistered)
The ones who have never used Android will tell you they actually did.
7. JC557 (Posts: 820; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Yup, the only time I had an instance of "malware" was downloading an outdated translation app from the Google app store. It kept sending me text spam and kept setting my GPS/ phone location to somewhere in the middle US.
Be wary of apps that haven't been update in years and if most of the reviewers are in asian and other foreign languages.
Other than that my phone hasn't seen viruses or other junk and I only sideload Flash.
10. Sakeem (Posts: 131; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
I haven't. I dont download 3rd party apps and i have been fortunate to not get hit with malware fromt he play store.
2. JMartin22 (Posts: 708; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
And that's the only instance people have bad things happen to them. When they're engaged in unlawful or morally questionable activity. This research cements that the hysteria that generally plagues Android as unsafe, in comparison to iOS, is a bunch of bullcrap. iOS isn't a "sanctuary" either by any means. It's been hacked and evaded; such as malware sweeping past their App Store and hackers bypassing their crappy fingerprint scanner.
4. blingblingthing (Posts: 418; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Anyone well informed knows how secured his phone is. It is really sad ppl think android lacks security.
5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2288; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Still the defense system and layers are very good on Android. Malwares chances are mostly from outside of Playstore.
6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3861; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Glad to see Google is finally putting all those ridiculous malware reports to rest.
8. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I do find it interesting that in stark contrast to an OS like, say, Microsoft's Windows platform, Google actually has taken the time to build up a pretty strong fortress of security around Android, instead of forcing customers to invest in hundreds of dollars of antivirus apps. This is one of so many reasons I think that Google could destroy both Apple and Microsoft in the PC realm if they start pushing full Android powered desktop and laptop computers.
In fact, perhaps that is WHY they're publishing this report now. Perhaps Google is priming the public for selling points on Android as a computer OS choice as preparation for Kitkat and 64 bit/computer support.
9. ScottSchneider (Posts: 311; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
Well... This is a Nice way to say it... Hats off Sniggly... +1
11. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
I think the world is ready for a high profiled name to make the computer war a three way dance. Linux almost pulled it off and Ubuntu shows a tremendous amount of potential but they don't have the household name that Google does. I would welcome more options.