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(Geek.com)   80 percent of mobile malware runs on Android   (geek.com) divider line 18
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2013-03-07 12:03:31 PM
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styckx: I've been running Android devices since 2010 and have never seen a single piece of "malware"..


This reminds me of something my father said to me once.
"I had no issues with viruses and whatnot. But then I installed that 'anti-virus' thing you mentioned, and now my computer's full of 'em!"
2013-03-07 11:58:53 AM
2 votes:
When your entire business model depends on the user breaking all the security controls on the device to make it useful - are we remotely surprised by this number?
2013-03-07 11:21:25 AM
2 votes:

Drewdad: It's the iOS number that I find most interesting.  You can only install apps from Apple, yet people are still getting malware?

Tsk tsk.


I'm assuming they are taking into account jailbroken iOS devices that bypass the app store and can install from other sources.
2013-03-07 11:19:42 AM
2 votes:
I got a virus from a sybian. You really need to wipe them down between users.
2013-03-07 11:18:36 AM
2 votes:
It's the iOS number that I find most interesting.  You can only install apps from Apple, yet people are still getting malware?

Tsk tsk.
Xai
2013-03-07 11:16:03 AM
2 votes:
80% of phones are running android?
2013-03-07 03:35:16 PM
1 votes:
More people use android.
More people using android have problems.
"If you know what you are doing: no problems!".
Most people using android are dumb.

The end.
2013-03-07 02:11:03 PM
1 votes:

BStorm: it's a comment about how the whole idea behind Android was to make it easier to install custom software, but to do so you typically have to unlock certain functions and capabilities that would otherwise help prevent the sort of malware problems that are now occurring.


What functions and capabilities do I have to "typically have to unlock", and what "custom software" am I getting that was the "whole idea behind Android"?
2013-03-07 02:06:17 PM
1 votes:

Dokushin: gingerjet: When your entire business model depends on the user breaking all the security controls on the device to make it useful - are we remotely surprised by this number?

Hm.  I haven't "broken any security controls" on my SO's S3 -- what can't her phone do that an iPhone 5 can?

\ We call that "put up or shut up" 'round here


I'm also patiently awaiting an answer.  I have an S3 and this thing runs CIRCLES around my coworker's iPhone 5.  And I"m not an Apple hater.  I love my iPad.  I love my iMac.  iOS was a better platform a couple of years ago.  But Jelly Bean is amazing.  I've had this phone for 3 months and have NEVER had a crash or a restart.  I can go 20+ hours on the battery.  I have Widgets that give me quicker access to apps.  And in owning Androids for 3 years I've NEVER had malware.  I don't really care who is better, because everything is relative, but it drives me nuts that iPhone heads talk like it is just common knowledge that iOS is better than Android.

Prove it.
2013-03-07 02:02:06 PM
1 votes:

Dokushin: gingerjet: When your entire business model depends on the user breaking all the security controls on the device to make it useful - are we remotely surprised by this number?

Hm.  I haven't "broken any security controls" on my SO's S3 -- what can't her phone do that an iPhone 5 can?

\ We call that "put up or shut up" 'round here


I think you misunderstood gingerjet's point.. it has nothing to do with 'Android vs iOS', it's a comment about how the whole idea behind Android was to make it easier to install custom software, but to do so you typically have to unlock certain functions and capabilities that would otherwise help prevent the sort of malware problems that are now occurring.
2013-03-07 01:47:44 PM
1 votes:

gingerjet: When your entire business model depends on the user breaking all the security controls on the device to make it useful - are we remotely surprised by this number?


Hm.  I haven't "broken any security controls" on my SO's S3 -- what can't her phone do that an iPhone 5 can?

\ We call that "put up or shut up" 'round here
2013-03-07 01:03:43 PM
1 votes:

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Not known for having copious amounts of malware: Windows Phone. Ironic, no?


/Not saying there isn't any on WP
//Just sayin'


Considering the
-WP market share
-apps still need to be approved (i think)
-never heard of a "jailbroken" WP yet

not that surprising.

Love my WP.
2013-03-07 12:23:03 PM
1 votes:
I think the question that really needs to be asked here is: How can this be used to make Apple look bad?
2013-03-07 12:14:57 PM
1 votes:

neaorin: styckx: I've been running Android devices since 2010 and have never seen a single piece of "malware"..

This reminds me of something my father said to me once.
"I had no issues with viruses and whatnot. But then I installed that 'anti-virus' thing you mentioned, and now my computer's full of 'em!"


Ok.. Challenge accept

I installed AVG on my Nexus 4... It then scanned my loot and found three threats

USB Debugging On - No shiat
Unknown sources enabled  - Duh
I'm rooted - Ric Romero reporting

Yeah.. Quite the collection of threats there..
2013-03-07 11:52:35 AM
1 votes:

styckx: I'm curious what their definition of malware is.


milsorgen: I would love to know what they 1) what they consider to be malware


Its not like there is an article with you know a link to a big PDF that breaks down specifically by name and activity each malware item they list.

/facepalm
//but its still just a thinly veiled ad for f-Secure's android based AV system
2013-03-07 11:39:09 AM
1 votes:
Trojans are far and away the most common threat, accounting for nearly 70% of all mobile malware. The unfortunate thing for Android users is that trojanized apps haven't just been limited to fly-by-night Chineses app stores. Some have managed to sneak past the  Bouncer and into - though fortunately they're always ferreted out in short order.


I would love to know what they 1) what they consider to be malware 2) whether they are talking about official market apps, or apps available from all sources 3) how many apps they actually looked at to come to such a dubious claim.

Methinks someone needed some clicks....
2013-03-07 11:38:36 AM
1 votes:
I'm curious what their definition of malware is. I've been running Android devices since 2010 and have never seen a single piece of "malware"..

What is an annoying trend is annoyyouware.. Subway Surfer is a great example.. You think the game is closed? Nope, fark you.. We're sending notifications to you about game mode offers available and you can't disable anywhere in game.  That new Simpsons Tapped Out game same shiat. Notifications constantly every time someone completes a task and there isn't a clear way to disable them.
2013-03-07 11:32:57 AM
1 votes:

Wellon Dowd: I got a virus from a sybian. You really need to wipe them down between users.


Disgusting and funny.  Well-done!
 
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