According to a new study by the popular security company F-Secure Android accounts for 97% of all mobile malwares, whereas it was just 79% according to the last years study. In 2012 there were only 238 threats, but when the data from 2013 was analyzed there were 804 new threat families and variants on Android. Another interesting point is to note that, F-Secure didn’t come across with any malwares on any mobile platforms apart from Android and Symbian.
According to the 40-page Threat Report for the second half of 2013 from F-Secure, the malwares are mostly targeting Asian countries such as India and Saudi Arabia. See the image below for a country wise break down on the malware spread.
- Android threats are primarily a non-US problem — Of the top 10 countries reporting Android malware detections to F-Secure’s systems in the second half of 2013, 75 percent of the reports originated from Saudi Arabia and India; in comparison, the five European countries in the list combined only accounted for a little over 15 percent of reported detections.
- Despite the extreme focus of malware authors on the Android platform, F-Secure believes it would be incorrect to say that “Google hasn’t been actively making efforts to increase the security of the Android platform.”
This means you have very little to worry if you don’t install applications from non-Google Play markets. Google Play market accounts for just 0.1% of the malwares. The reason for this according to F-Secure is, “the Play Store is most likely to promptly remove nefarious applications, so malware encountered there tends to have a short shelf life.” This obviously is not enough when it comes to user safety. Hopefully Google will improve their tactics to stop malwares from entering into the Play Store.
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