Norton says Android security threats are only going to get worse

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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54 Comments

1. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 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!

4. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

16. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

17. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Less than 10% of iOS users jailbreak

22. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

38. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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...?

40. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

45. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

53. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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...

56. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

No. the opposite of careful is careless, not stupidhttp://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_opposite_of_careful _mean_conscious stupid means other thinghttp://dictionary.reference.com/browse/stupid

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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)

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

46. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

2. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

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

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

5. Yophones

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 22, 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

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

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

54. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

9. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

13. joebklyn

Posts: 16; Member since: May 02, 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" !!!!!!!!

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

20. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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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