That was then and this is now and Google’s Android operating system, the one that runs on about 80-percent of the world’s smartphones and tablets, also owns about 98-percent of the mobile device world’s malware. Why?
Big Target, Juicy Money
An executive from Kaspersky Labs, a security company that helps businesses improve security and tracks device malware revealed a darker side of Android.
Over 98-percent of known mobile malware targets Android devices. Why? Apple’s iOS is not so easy to exploit. Android is.
Cybercriminals look for a big target with the least security. Just as malware proliferated through the Swiss Cheese security holes in Windows XP, today’s criminals aim for the largest slice of the pie, and the easiest piece of pie to bite into.
I like to think of Android as a late night walk through the bad side of town while inebriated vs. Apple’s iOS as a leisurely walk through Disneyland. Which one of the two is likely to cause you the most trouble?
News from last week told us that Google does not plan to fix security bugs affecting 60-percent of Android’s installed base. Why not? It’s just too much trouble for Google and their smartphone maker friends to worry about helping a billion of their smartphone customers.
Another news report described a Chinese smartphone maker that sells Android equipped phones with a backdoor that tracks users, sends advertisements, and installs unauthorized applications.
Compare that increasingly commonplace situation with Apple’s iPhone and iPad are more like a curated Disneyland of applications, safe and secure from the darkness plaguing Android users.
The choice is simple. Apple’s iOS may be representative of a curated smartphone or tablet experience, but Android devices have become a toxic hell stew for trouble.