The penalty for losing was Apple becoming the most valuable tech company on planet earth, the Mac is the most profitable computer line, and Apple picked up another enemy and another fight to the death.
Android Is Winning Warning
With Apple’s successful resurrection of the Mac, and successful launch of the iPhone, iPad, and iOS 6, the digital Gods decided the richest of all tech companies needed competition.
Every great battle needs a nemesis, and with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer losing money on every new product, who would pick up the slack?
Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt became Eric-the-Mole by serving on Apple’s board of directors and stealing information about Apple’s soon-to-be launched iPhone so Google’s Android OS could be reworked to look modern and open.
The new 21st century battle pits Apple’s iOS on the iPhone and iPad against Google’s Android OS, which is basically free on competing smart phones and tablets.
Android is winning. How can Apple compete? Apple managed to compete rather successfully against Microsoft and Windows by making a better Mac than PC makers made PCs.
Enter the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the F.B.I.’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, affectionately known as IC3.
The IC3 has been made aware of various malware attacking Android operating systems for mobile devices. Some of the latest known versions of this type of malware are Loozfon and FinFisher.
Uh oh. Android is winning the malware war.
IC3 points to two new types of Android malware, known as Loozfon and FinFisher. The former steals information, the latter is a phishing scam perpetrated against Android OS users.
The feds then give a list of safety tips to protect your Android mobile device.
- When purchasing a Smartphone, know the features of the device, including the default settings. Turn off features of the device not needed to minimize the attack surface of the device.
- Depending on the type of phone, the operating system may have encryption available. This can be used to protect the user’s personal data in the case of loss or theft.
- With the growth of the application market for mobile devices, users should look at the reviews of the developer/company who published the application.
- Review and understand the permissions you are giving when you download applications.
- Passcode protect your mobile device. This is the first layer of physical security to protect the contents of the device. In conjunction with the passcode, enable the screen lock feature after a few minutes of inactivity.
- Obtain malware protection for your mobile device. Look for applications that specialize in antivirus or file integrity that helps protect your device from rogue applications and malware.
- Be aware of applications that enable Geo-location. The application will track the user’s location anywhere. This application can be used for marketing, but can be used by malicious actors raising concerns of assisting a possible stalker and/or burglaries.
- Jailbreak or rooting is used to remove certain restrictions imposed by the device manufacturer or cell phone carrier. This allows the user nearly unregulated control over what programs can be installed and how the device can be used. However, this procedure often involves exploiting significant security vulnerabilities and increases the attack surface of the device. Anytime a user, application or service runs in “unrestricted” or “system” level within an operation system, it allows any compromise to take full control of the device.
- Do not allow your device to connect to unknown wireless networks. These networks could be rogue access points that capture information passed between your device and a legitimate server.
- If you decide to sell your device or trade it in, make sure you wipe the device (reset it to factory default) to avoid leaving personal data on the device.
- Smartphones require updates to run applications and firmware. If users neglect this it increases the risk of having their device hacked or compromised.
- Avoid clicking on or otherwise downloading software or links from unknown sources.
- Use the same precautions on your mobile phone as you would on your computer when using the Internet.
Those federally sanctioned safety tips are beneficial for any user of a modern computing device, but the malware in question is specific to Android OS devices.
What about iPhone users? Fogettaboutit!
Android is open, and open always wins, say the Fandroids. The reality is this. Open or closed doesn’t matter. It’s what works that counts.
Android works fine for cell phone manufacturers that need a device to compete with Apple’s iOS devices. Android also works fine for two kinds of smart phone users. Those who love to monkey with the OS. And those who don’t know how to monkey but prefer to buy the cheapest smart phone available.
In between are Apple’s customers, content with device that has fit and finish more akin to a luxury car, and performance that works from every component in the walled garden ecosystem– user, app developer, Apple.
When it comes to malware, Google’s Android is the new Microsoft Windows. After all, It’s An App World: Here’s How Apple’s Class Warfare Is Destroying Google And Amazon.