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Malware on Android - a myth or real threat

0. phoneArena posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:21

We're hearing about this almost every day - there's malware on Android, and it's easy to get your device infected. Reports coming from security companies are painting a troubling picture - with each quarter, there are more and more Android programs designed to conquer our devices, take control, steal information or secretly dial premium numbers. The goals of the so-called malware can be most various, but one thing is common for them all - they won't do you any good. But no matter how many reports we get, we can't help but wonder how big of a threat this really is. Should we be worried about it, or should we just ignore? Before we begin our exploration through the supposedly infected lands of Android, it's always good to have a general understanding of what malware is...

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posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:23 13

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

I always love to read Ray's article :)
Keep up the good work!!!

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:09 3

20. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

really nice article ...but android seems working on its malware but it's kinda wild as they were desperate to add apps before to beat ios apps n they end up with malware. bb10 is gonna rock the world with its security and apps . all the way to bb10 next time

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 02:55 2

70. CellieCell (Posts: 138; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)

I'm on my 15th google device since day one. not once have I experienced any malicious activity nor fraudulent activities with my google play account! but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. maybe I'm just lucky or one smart user who avoided going through the incidents by downloading trusted apps. :)

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:34 6

24. Ray.S (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:53 5

30. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Good article BUT... I have never ever ever heard of a single person that god hacked, malware, or anything. I've been on Android since 2009 and I've talked with a lot of people across many different forums and in real life. It may not be a myth, but it certainly doesn't happen anywhere near what Apple and Microsoft are portraying to be.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 11:15 6

36. Ray.S (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

It's certainly not a myth. I know people who have had trouble with malware on Android. But of course, I don't think it's as bad as Apple or Microsoft are saying. Security companies are also trying to create as much fear as possible. It's certainly not that bad, but it's there.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 11:19 2

38. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

You are the only person that i have heard that knows people that get troubles with malware on Android, and sorry but I don't trust you.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 15:27 3

48. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

In my line of work as an agent location manager for Verizon, I've seen customers come in that had viruses on their phones. It does happen. It is very rare, but it does happen, and is certainly not a myth.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 21:32 2

61. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

He's a P.A. writer and you have a very biased and a flame baiting avatar along with the comments. you're questioning his legitimacy?

Malware on Android happens. Denying it doesn't erase it.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 16:16 1

84. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

He's also a blatant iPhone lover. Just because someone is a PA writer doesn't mean they're free of bias. While I'm glad that the article may bring knowledge to the uninformed, I can't help but think that the reason Ray posted it was to bring negative attention to Android. His articles are mostly positive for Apple, negative for Android.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 19:02 2

55. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I agree. Its happens, but its not like I go 23 hours a day with malware running rampant on my phone every day.

The only malware I really had came from my kids just willy nilly downloading apps, so it did come from the Play Store. And it wasnt too bad, it was sending me ads in the noticification shade and wouldnt let me remove the icon from my home page. I just basically uninstalled any apps my kids installed and all was well.

All this was with no security. And I still havent installed any security. It really isnt as bad as MS and some others make it.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 11:14 5

34. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

Ray if youre gonna get at android for having malware issues, you should at least provide the names of the so called infected apps in google play. also if windows wants ro hear horror stories of an os , they shoukd look into the history of internet explorer

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 22:00 2

64. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

No. If it is on Android merely shooting in the dark is considered sufficient evidence. Oh Windows? Look at this --

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:31 21

2. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Malware on Android is a myth, only if too dumb to take .apk outside the Play store you could get it (and you deserve it by taking pirate apps). Plus with the new protection system offered by Android 4.2 and the security level increased by Android 4.1, we are 99.9% safe.

Another point, what here in Android is called "malware" in iOS is called "app" ;-)

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:29 2

13. eddo85 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)

i totally agree with you. biggest problem is that more or less no phone has 4.2
... damn you touchwiz, sense....

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 14:40

75. viper1983 (Posts: 36; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

Oh yeah, iOS is just loaded with more malware than Android

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:35 5

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

Nice article Ray :)

Great way to combat the "exaggeration" out there......O and hey everyone srry i been gon for a bit due to service being briefly off :( but im back

Hope things have been going good here

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:59 2

7. wendygarett (unregistered)

Well, good to see you have knight lol :)

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:19

22. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

there wasnt ny exaggeration there bro , only people who couldnt digest the fact that there phone is full of malware n all their data is in some hackers hd safely

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:56 1

31. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Did you even read the article? Obviously not.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:36 2

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

its not a big threat ,since all platforms have some sort of surveillance spyware in them

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:54 3

5. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

malware is normal for an OS. not a big issue for me

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:58 3

6. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

stick to play store and you will be fine...just like anything in life if you try to get things from unofficial sources you have a higher chance of having issues and you only have yourself to blame

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:02 2

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

I said it before........you gotta do something you're not suppose to in order to get something you don't want :(

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:07 1

9. basicfull (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

There are apps on the play store that do things you do not want. And that does not have to do with "something you're not suppose to".

There are apps that do soemthing as simple as place icons on your home screens to other apps or web pages that you don't want or care about. Uninstalling the infringing app does not remove the icons placed on your screens and must be deleted manually.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:14

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

well of course....but the subject is about unwanted malware....and while i agree with those things you talked about i will say that I personally have never been threatened from malware by what you stated above neither have i been threatened "at All" by any form of malware........

What I "really" meant by that comment is that people must be doing somthing that is REALLY NOT advised in order to get something they REALLY don't want...

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 22:40

67. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

google uses a sandboxed method for apps so your phone will only be infected aslong as that app is installed and the moment that app is removed the malware etc itself is removed...the only things that will be the same are things that may have gotten changed like say if a malware changed your internet homepage then that will remain the same

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:08 6

10. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

I have never seen any Android user to complain about Malware in real life.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:31 5

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 24915; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I'd say more myth than threat, but a small threat exists. The one malicious app I downloaded was a free live galaxy wallpaper app. It invaded my contact list and urged them to download the same app. Watch out for those free wallpaper apps.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:52 1

17. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

I guess thats where the free virus protector app, "look out" comes in right?

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