According to BGR, anti-virus companies like Lookout Mobile are predicting a pretty frightening year in terms of Malware on Android. As it stands, an estimated 18 million Android devices may catch a digital code next year.
There are a number of contributing factors. For one, Android is the most popular mobile operating system on Earth. As Lookout Mobile notes, more than a billion Android devices are slated to be sold in 2013 alone. Another fun fact, those phones will download 70 billion apps.
This is much like Windows computers catching viruses. It’s no so much that the virus is easy to catch, just that the sheer number of users makes it all but certain that someone will find a way to get it. In addition, there is sure to be an increase in Malware-bearing applications as well. So more Malware plus more devices capable of catching it equals more devices getting Malware.
Is there any truth to these Malware numbers?
Yes, there is. However, there is a total lack of context. If 18 million devices catch the virtual flu next year and 1.2 billion are purchased, that’s a paltry 1.5% of devices. In other words, 15 out of every 1,000 devices will get Malware. That’s not very many. As our loyal readers will no doubt point out, there are few companies out there who rely on sensationalism to sell products as much as anti-virus companies.
Of course, there are other numbers to consider as well. For instance, BGR notes that a security firm estimates that 34.7% of Russian Android devices will get Malware as opposed to 0.40% in the United States. So, of course, location has a lot to do with it.
At the end of the day, common sense rules all. Keep an eye on what you download and don’t install applications unless you trust the developer and trust the website or app store you got it from. Are these statistics just taken out of context or are anti-virus companies trying to make things sound worse than they are? Let us know your thoughts.