In January this year, Trend Micro chairman and co-founder Steve Chang was quoted as saying that Android-based devices are less secure than those running on iOS. While his comment caused quite a stir back then, today’s threat landscape seems to agree. Since Steve’s statement, our researchers saw a whopping 1410 percent increase in the number of Trojanized Android apps and actual malware targeting fans of the little green robot.
Our researchers opine that we have yet to reach a tipping point where malware become the biggest security issue for Android-based device users. The fact that these malicious apps are out there to invade one’s privacy, to take control of a device, and to cost users money because of unnecessary billing charges are some things that should be taken seriously though. Add to that the fact that these threats heavily rely on user interaction to initiate. Like most information security threats, awareness is the first step toward prevention.
So in—for lack of a better term—”commemoration” of the discovery of first Android Trojan, below is an infographic that gives users a snapshot of Android threats—how much these have grown, how these work, and how users can protect themselves.
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For more information on keeping your Android-based mobile devices safe from threats, check out our e-book, “5 Simple Steps to Secure Your Android-Based Smartphones.”