Android Increasingly a Growing Target for Mobile Malware

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yowanvista

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There is a difference between Malware and Scaremongering Apps. Security companies are repeating the malware mantra over and over, once for all do learn that there is ZERO Android Malware. You're faking a PC term and applying it to the Android ecosystem. Android Malware doesn't exist, those are just rogue Apps and those are installed by the user and NOT automatically like their PC cousins.

Android uses Sandboxing and that also means that anti-virus apps are largely USELESS for protection (except for anti theft) for the very same reason, they don't have access to the low level system files, so they cannot protect anything.

Those who claim that Android has 'Malware' have ZERO clue about how the platform works inside out.

This is way too much, people don't know what crap they're sprouting.
 

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[citation][nom]yowanvista[/nom]There is a difference between Malware and Scaremongering Apps. Security companies are repeating the malware mantra over and over, once for all do learn that there is ZERO Android Malware. You're faking a PC term and applying it to the Android ecosystem. Android Malware doesn't exist, those are just rogue Apps and those are installed by the user and NOT automatically like their PC cousins.Android uses Sandboxing and that also means that anti-virus apps are largely USELESS for protection (except for anti theft) for the very same reason, they don't have access to the low level system files, so they cannot protect anything.Those who claim that Android has 'Malware' have ZERO clue about how the platform works inside out. This is way too much, people don't know what crap they're sprouting.[/citation]
I believe you are missing the point. Since Malware is software that is intended to damage or disable; then yes there is Malware on Android. Also when Google upgrades Android it is not just to add more features. They are also adding more and more security features. The point they are trying to make is that Google puts out updates to Android but the phone manufactures don't pushed those updates (which contain security updates as well) out to the phone users. So if like me you are using an Android phone that is running version 2.3 it is not as secure as someone who has version 4.1. These days a phone is a PC in your pocket. So a lot of terms that used to only apply to PC's now apply to Smartphones as well.
 

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The overall heading was awful as it is prone to the condescending replies of 'Oh really? Never realised'.

However, this is actually serious issue as many of these mobile devices are often synced up to various PC's, Laptops, Tablets, etc... they become back doors in to your otherwise secure home system and even in to the business world as well.
 

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Looks like Zak's articles are prime breeding grounds for spammers. Write an article about that, eh, Zak?
[citation][nom]maddad[/nom]I believe you are missing the point. Since Malware is software that is intended to damage or disable; then yes there is Malware on Android. Also when Google upgrades Android it is not just to add more features. They are also adding more and more security features. The point they are trying to make is that Google puts out updates to Android but the phone manufactures don't pushed those updates (which contain security updates as well) out to the phone users. So if like me you are using an Android phone that is running version 2.3 it is not as secure as someone who has version 4.1. These days a phone is a PC in your pocket. So a lot of terms that used to only apply to PC's now apply to Smartphones as well.[/citation]
Fact is, you give permission for an app to run, you are the one that is to blame. By default, Android has quite a few enabled checkpoints, and you have to be actively lowering the defenses. Finally, if porn sites were prime sources for malware for desktops, why would anyone expect any different for mobile devices? Suckers can't really say "oh, but I didn't know..."
 

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Is it possible for Tom's to fit an ignore button for articles by Zak? Or at least have some indicator on the link that it is by him so that I stop wasting my time following it?
 

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[citation][nom]Tomtompiper[/nom]Is it possible for Tom's to fit an ignore button for articles by Zak? Or at least have some indicator on the link that it is by him so that I stop wasting my time following it?[/citation]

Or filtering the stupid commenter? Gosh, I want one of those. Surely, the comment system will be much cleaner and more matured arguements.
 

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I don't get what peoples' problem with Zak is. Feel free to enlighten me. I really hope it's more than just a reaction to his second name. I haven't seen any other Tom's writer attract so much criticism.

Like acerace says, there's some really immature users on here voting down some comments above that made valid and reasoned arguments. I expect those same users will bury this comment.
 

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[citation][nom]sam_p_lay[/nom]I don't get what peoples' problem with Zak is. Feel free to enlighten me. I really hope it's more than just a reaction to his second name. ....[/citation]

My problem with Zak and his "articles" is that he none of it is based on fact, all of it is copy and pasted from other sites, its always bashing anything that competes with Apple.

Sorry to any Zak Islam fans(if there are any), but any tech writer would have a Facebook or g+ or LinkedIn profile showing that he/she is indeed a tech writer for Tomshardware. Zak is actually Wolfgang Gruener. He used to do the same crap pro Apple down with Microsoft and Google articles, but no longer does and this "Zak is lame" character magically appears from thin air. Wolfgang got tired of people bashing him for posting this crap, and used a pseudonym instead to make himself feel better.

Go ahead and look for Wolfgang, Jane, Thomas, Chris, etc... they all have plenty of information about them on other social media sites. Zak Islam, the real person... hes a software developer at amazon, and if I were that guy I would start a defamation of character lawsuit against BoM.

I also get a chuckle about the porn reference. Don't look at boobies on your phone, or you will give it a disease!!
 

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I had no idea! I do recall people's comments about Gruener being an Apple fanatic. Would be good to see a response to this from Islam/Gruener.
 

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Glad I moved off Android to iOS so many years ago. I loved Android but I don't want more headaches and hassles in my life. I have enough of this nonsense from Windows. Would like my phone to just be a phone and not require any babysitting. Early Android was exciting though--the promise of an open mobile platform, but that's proven a pipedream. Lately, it's become a veritable sh*tshow.
 

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Glad I moved off Android to iOS so many years ago. I loved Android but I don't want more headaches and hassles in my life. I have enough of this nonsense from Windows. Would like my phone to just be a phone and not require any babysitting. Early Android was exciting though--the promise of an open mobile platform, but that's proven a pipedream. Lately, it's become a veritable sh*tshow.
 

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I read this article on how to avoid malicious malware applications http://www.mevvy.com/articles/tips-to-avoid-installing-malicious-applications/
 
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