Compared to the iPhone, Android smartphones are usually inexpensive, and not easily upgraded. They’re also more prone to mobile malware and privacy abuse than iPhones, and most customers don’t know that.
The King Of Malware
Generally speaking, Apple’s approach to iPhone and iPad has been to create a carefully cultivated ‘walled garden’ where every app has to be vetted for performance, capability, and… drum roll, please… malware.
Is it any wonder that Apple’s iOS platform is virtually devoid of malware? Meanwhile, Google’s Android OS has become the mobile malware magnet and accounts for 92-percent of the malware reported in the entire mobile device industry.
That means all those free apps downloaded by unsuspecting Android smartphone users could be attacking personal information with a vengeance.
Credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, bank account information, email addresses and phone numbers are easily harvested by malware apps downloaded by Android users.
Many of the hundreds of Android app stores online are known hosts for mobile malware which, once installed on a smartphone, can rip user information and send it packing to Russia or China.
Or, to Google.
The King Of Privacy Invasion
While Android OS is easily the least secure mobile operating system, it’s also the official breeding ground for legitimate malware in the form of Google’s apps.
These apps also harvest user data in quantities and frequency that should scare the bejesus out of users, but far too many trust Google because it’s a brand name and doesn’t originate in China or Russia.
Google’s mobile advertisements and apps track user’s whereabouts, purchase locations, and other information that discerning mobile device users would prefer remain private. Google’s latest mining tool is actually called Google Mine. It integrates with Google Plus and gives you an easy way to keep track of what you own.
Does anyone with half a brain really want Google to know what you own? They already know who you are and where you live?
If you’re afraid of the dangers of malware on your mobile device, and you value your privacy, why would you buy a smartphone running Android OS? Is that really smart?