Be safe Android users; Actually, I don’t give a shit


Android malware has been strengthening its position in the mobile threat scene. Every quarter, malware authors bring forth new threat families and variants to lure more victims and to update on the existing ones. In the fourth quarter alone, 96 new families and variants of Android threats were discovered, which almost doubles the number recorded in the previous quarter.

Android accounts for 79 percent of the security threats for mobile platforms. iOS barely registers in the results, despite the fact there are hundreds of millions of users. F-Secure published a PDF with all of the results.

Good luck Android users.

  • Nat5150

    Android really is winning at something, I guess.

  • Bob

    But Andy loves Android!!!!!!

  • GTWilson

    Nice to know that when Microsoft finally rides off into the consumer sunset, Google is there to fill the void.

  • Schiller tweets earlier about Android security. Hours later there are no less than three posts on loopinsight about Android security. Good boy Jim!

    • Domicinator

      Schiller’s tweets were right on and were just a commentary on the 2 or 3 security stories about Android yesterday that really did come out in the news. Jim is commenting on all the same stuff everyone else is commenting on. You seem to think he’s making this stuff up. The difference between sites like Jim’s and sites like, say, the Wall Street Journal is that Jim’s stories are actually fact based.

  • That malware sure is emasculating – must get me a Glass! Hang on, does that get Malware too? Surely it’s running a variant of Android too? Maybe it uses a new distro – Maldroid.

  • A quick check with a protractor shows that the iOS threat in their diagrams is magnified TEN TIMES compared to its actual value. The text says 0.7%, the diagram shows something more like 7%. They’re not giving the wrong data (as far as I can tell) but they are deliberately giving a wrong impression (ie that it’s a ‘noticeable’ rather than ‘almost invisible’ proportion). To be fair, they’ve done the same trick with J2ME, Blackberry and Winmobile, so it’s not a specific anti-Apple bias – but it does look like an underhand attempt to make “security” look more of a problem across the board, presumably with a view to promoting the relevance of their services. I quote their summary about iOS: “may see some threats popping up once in a while.”

  • “Real-world usage has shown time and again that when Android users exhibit common sense, the threat of malware and viruses isn’t just extremely limited — it’s almost non-existant. A vast majority of smartphone owners stick to Google Play (and to a lesser degree Amazon’s Appstore) when downloading apps.” The Verge –

    What I’ve been saying here the whole time. Claim gloom and doom all you want but possible isn’t indicative of actual.