A very small number of people are actually affected by malware, meaning our mobile security is inherently good. In a world where mobile is becoming the method of choice for just about everything, you can expect those malware developers to adjust their game plan accordingly. We're comfortable in our mobile world, but that could change.
Malware, malware, malware! You could easily get the impression there’s no hope for any of us on Android unless we install a security app or jump ship to a nice safe platform. What’s with all the scaremongering?
New mobile malware threat report has some good news and some bad news
No surprise here: cybercriminals are taking advantage of the less informed Android users. The latest trick? Targeting those who search for Windows drivers that would let them connect Android devices to their PCs.
Bit9 finds over 100,000 “suspicious or questionable” Android apps in Google Play
According to Bit9, a security solutions provider, there are more than 100,000 Android apps in Google Play that can be defined as “suspicious or questionable”, based on permissions requested, categorization and the publisher’s reputation.
New version of Play Store app hints at built-in malware scanner and new wish list feature
A new version of the Play Store app has been released and it is starting to roll out to Android owners. Google Play Store 3.9.16 includes the ability to remove apps from the All Apps list. This is particularly useful if you have tried various free apps and choose not to use them. At the moment the All Apps list can become quite cluttered as it remembers every app you downloaded from the beginning of time. However more intriguing is that the contents of the .apk file (that is the application package file, the way apps are bundled up and distributed) contains references to a built-in malware scanner and a wish list feature.
Avast Mobile Security update: The best just got better
Smartphones are on the rise in China. With a billion mobile phones, a fast-growing proportion of which are smartphones, this mobile ecosystem is ripe for the picking for malicious hackers. According to an assessment from a security company, almost half a million smartphones in the country have been infected by an SMS payment malware coming from Android app marketplaces.