Android Mobile Virus and Malware Up to 79% in 2012, 96% In Last Quarter

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Android malware is now at a record high. If you are not sure what malware is, you can get a very good description from Wikipedia:

Malware, short for malicious (or malevolent) software, is software used or created by attackers to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It can appear in the form of code, scripts, active content, and other software. ‘Malware’ is a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software.

In short, it’s a computer virus usually created by hackers, with the mission to compromise or steal your data.

Techcrunch is reporting, via security specialists F-Secure, that not only is malware running at record levels on Android, it spiked up to 96% in the last quarter of 2012 as far as penetration. Android accounted for 79% of all mobile malware in 2012, 96% In Q4 alone. That means of all the mobile malware out there, 96% of it is on the Android platform.

Curious as to how Apple’s iOS is concerning malware? It’s currently charting at 0.7%. Of all the mobile malware, just 0.7% of it is on the iOS platform. You can see it in the chart below..but just barely.

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I know a lot of people who love Android love the “openness” of it, and feel that Apple, the iPhone 5 and the iTunes store is very “closed”. I have always stated that I think the closed aspect is actually the best feature of Apple’s iOS. I don’t have to worry about hackers, viruses, malware, etc. After years of struggles on Windows machines, I would not want that same type of vulnerability on my mobile device.

The openness of Android can potentiality allow all kinds of bad things to happen, and it seems like it is turning into a full scale epidemic.

Seriously, Google needs to lock this stuff down.