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Norton says Android security threats are only going to get worse

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Norton says Android security threats are only going to get worse
First off, let's be honest: security threats to Android are in Norton's best interest. After all, they recently released an anti-virus solution for the Android operating system, so spreading fear will help their bottom line. But that doesn't mean they don't have some good points.

According to Norton, the increasing malware problem on the Android OS is only going to get worse. They explain that Android has three key features that make it a target: it's an open platform, it's monetizable, and it is increasingly ubiquitous.

What's more, it's scarily easy to make an Android app into a Trojan horse. So it doesn't take a technical mastermind to make spyware, adware, and other malicious apps. And, while we're not blaming Google, the Android Market isn't exactly Fort Knox. Google will remove apps if they are reported, but they don't vet them in the same way that Apple does.

And we're really not blaming Google. The problem with fame and success, as any pro athlete will tell you, is that the world will come after you for all you've got. The real problem is that mobile malware is a young threat, so we haven't fully built solutions to combat it, as we have with traditional computers. Not to freak you out too much, but we imagine hackers are drooling over the potential for an NFC revolution, which would put more than our Facebook passwords at risk. Yay, fear-mongering!

source: Symantec via IntoMobile

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posted on 07 Jun 2011, 18:24 4

1. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


well of course an Anti-Virus company will say that...but in some ways yes it maybe a problem down the road. With Android increasing as the major smartphone OS it gives the hackers and spammers more reason to try and take advantage of the OS that has the most devices. It's a given just like PC and Mac. Sure there are definite ways to harm a Mac but the widespread attack in on PC because they are far numerous. Congrats on using common sense Norton. Bravo!

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 19:34 7

4. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


But this was not the case when iOS had the bigger market share. Or even Symbian :)

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 20:55 5

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Symbian has and had its virus, but people where just careful not to fall for them

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 21:23 3

16. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


thats basically saying android users are stupid and fall for viruses...

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 21:32 3

17. Whateverman (Posts: 3272; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Don't be a jerk, you're the only who got "stupid" out of what he was saying. With most people jail breaking their idevices malware is just as serious for iOS users as it is for Android users.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 21:50 3

18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Less than 10% of iOS users jailbreak

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 22:41 2

22. Whateverman (Posts: 3272; Member since: 17 May 2009)


True, but that was around 2009. I can't speculate what it is now but it has to be higher than that. But there is no denying that Google has to come up with something to address their security issues. They dont get a pass just because i love this os but at the same time people have to be careful with their devices the same why they are careful with their computers.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 22:59 1

24. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't think I used the word stupid did i? Not careful and stupid are two completely different things, so why use the word stupid? Someone told me once that that for the thief others steal. It may also apply for this case.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 08:26 1

38. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4861; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Lucas777. Again your worthless 2 cents just suck so much. How did you get "android users are stupid and fall for viruses..." from anything that was just said? I read your post & I lose brain cells. Again another comment that makes me go mmm...?

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 10:52

40. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


because only a DUMBASS STUPID IDIOT would download an app that is called big b00bs lmao

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 11:51

45. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4861; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I know what you mean. If you can't get your porn fix without getting a virus then you suck at life in general! Fail!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 20:42

53. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay... first of all, superandroidevo, dont talk to me about sucking when all u do is troll about how great android is...

second, the opposite of being careful and not falling for viruses is being stupid and falling for viruses... as i said that is what he is saying since this is a post about android...

and btw, even now less than 10% ios users jailbreak... there is a huge community, just not many people use it...

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 09:23

56. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


No. the opposite of careful is careless, not stupid
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_opposite_of_careful _mean_conscious

stupid means other thing
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/stupid

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 21:55 4

19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Did you guys know that if you count iPads and iPod touch iOS has 44% percent of the browser market and android has 27%. So the excuse of well android has a bigger market share doesn't fly. I'm not bashing android, but obviously when they don't have an approval process in place it's much easier to squeeze malware on there. There's upside to openness like more free apps, but security is a downside.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 23:11

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Good thing a solution is being worked on, it's not going to be a thigh down approval but another option (will have to wait and see)

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 11:21 1

43. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)


Why do people think that including the ipads and ipods into a mobile platform market share should even count? They don't place calls, therefore should not be included into a cellular count of market share

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 15:48 1

46. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


The comment made was that android was more attractive for hackers because it has a bigger marketshare. I was pointing out iOS has a bigger marketshare so that's not a valid point. Hackers don't care if it's a sell phone or a tablet. Just how many users they can infect with a virus.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 18:56 4

2. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)


And im sure Google is totally oblivious to this issue and will do absolutely nothing to combat it.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 19:01 7

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Anyone care to know the difference between malware and Nortonware? Malware is free; Nortonware costs $50 and up. They both f*ck up your PC/handset.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 19:45 4

5. Yophones (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Sep 2010)


Oh wow thanks Norton.....you're the best!...now please stick to whatever is that you do cause it's definitely not protecting my computer...your the worst company out there yet your an expert on Google!! Smh

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 19:53 3

6. Anonymus (unregistered)


wow, you guys are now attacking norton for saying bad things about android. how.................childish. and then you guys would call me an iFan. tsk tsk tsk

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 19:56 4

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I won't call you an iFanboys, but come ON. We keep hearing these doomsday predictions about malware and viruses, and they keep coming from the makers of crappy anti virus software.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 20:43

54. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ya... and then we read the article about how android actually has viruses...

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 19:54 3

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well, I'll keep being smart about what apps I download and install. Norton, you suck. You really do. In fact, most anti virus software is pretty worthless.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 20:53

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yea of course those Norton morons are going to say that. They want you to buy their shitty products for your phone.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 20:54

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The problem with Nortonware is that it is like the Hotel California - once you check in, you can never leave.... Seriously. Ever try to remove Nortonware once it has been installed?

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 21:06

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Norton is crap plain simple.... It's a memory hog

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 21:01 1

13. joebklyn (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 May 2011)


You are right,Norton is the worst anti virus. I did not like it on my home computer, and I definetly won't like it on my android device. " NORTON YOU SUCK" !!!!!!!!

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 21:03

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


If you fear your android phone its going to get infected then let me tell you in advance that Norton is one of the least effective and most horrible PC defense I ever got at work, they talk shit about their expensive merchandise yet hackers toy with them so hard you can get license for fee by cracking their own software, and antivirus program that can't even defend itself... Yeah that's secure

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 22:10

20. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


http://touchreviews.net/apple-ios-browser-share-gr ows-beats-android/

This is from January 2011 where iOS has more than double the browser market share.

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