Android devices are great, but they aren’t always the most naturally secure products on the market. The vast majority of mobile malware is developed for Android, as malware creators think they can get the most off of the large base of Android users. They also have many of the same problems as other smartphones, and many people aren’t even aware they are in danger.
What exacerbates the situation is that smartphones contain so much vital data and have automatic access to so many of our accounts that even a moderately skilled hacker could steal someone’s identity with nothing but their smartphone and a few hours to mess with it. Remote infiltrations are becoming easier, and people need to be aware of the dangers of unprotected smartphone usage.
That being said, Android phones have tools they can use and their users have habits they can learn to protect their phones. Here are some of the main things you should know:
Android phones have dominated the market share and with good reason too. The Android marketplace is brimming with apps and the interface is smooth and easy to use. The overall performance of the platform is the best there is to offer and just about everyone wants to get their hands on it, one way or the other. This also includes and hackers and malware professionals. These specific beings are the bane of anyone’s technological existence. From Android spyware to keyloggers and other nuisances, these professionals make it their business to get into you Android phones.
Of course, there are a number of security measures that one can take to reduce the risk and make sure that one’s Android stays safe from harm. This includes taking the following advice.
Jill Knesek, head of the global security practice at British Telecom (BT) said at the NetEvents Americas some comments which we hardly believe.
We analyzed more than 1,000 Android applications and found a third compromised with some form of active or dormant malware. Almost every device is compromised with some kind of malware, although often it’s not clear if that code is active or what it is doing
Which is a little hard to believe, and really pushes what BT’s idea of “malware” is, and where this metric has come from (if anywhere). It’s also good to know that Google and BT don’t have a good relationship, so it could just be chatter.
From social networks to banks accounts, smartphones carry our most private and delicate information. For this very reason, security is one of the hottest topics in the Android ecosystem, andthe newest threat reported is marking the beginning of a new malicious era - mutating Trojans.