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Android Attracting More Malware

Submitted by on November 28, 2011 – 1:22 pm2 Comments

Android OS for smartphones is attracting a massive increase in viruses, according to a report from internet security firm McAfee released recently. The analysis shows the number of unique pieces of malware attacking the system exploding from less than 20 million in 2010 to an estimated 75 million in the last quarter of 2011, as they illustrate in this graph:

CNET attributes this increase to Android’s “growing demand among consumers”, causing it to attract almost “all new mobile malware” in the last few months. Trojan horse viruses infecting your device can do everything from steal passwords to transfer money to record your phone conversations and messages.

This is more bad news for Google, Microsoft, and Android users. Recent criticisms and problems have included the future loss of their much-touted Flash mobile capabilities. And consumers might be even more wary of buying a potentially buggy smartphone after the revelation that Android OS is hardly ever updated, and service protection often ends quickly. With these additional concerns, Android will have to lean even more heavily on their price advantages and any hardware/software differences from competitors.

What do you think? Would you still buy an Android?

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