Is it possible that the Android platform has one too many flaws? Well as great as Android may be, there are some notable issues that continue to haunt it such as rampant malware in apps. According to the British Times (via Forbes), more than one-third of all Android apps contain some form of Android malware. Jill Knesek, head of the global security practice at BT and former cybersecurity expert for the FBI, highlights her findings when analyzing 1,000 applications:
“We analyzed more than 1,000 Android applications and found a third compromised with some form of active or dormant malware. Almost every device is compromised with some kind of malware, although often it’s not clear if that code is active or what it is doing.”
While the results are nothing short of surprising, there are a few major issues with Knesek’s findings: no one knows what exactly she means by ‘malware’ and she doesn’t offer concrete evidence to support her argument. We’re only going to assume that ‘malware’ is used in the context to describe items such as apps that send back data without the user’s consent and that the apps tested were apps from untrusted developers. Still, these types of studies certainly raise an eyebrow or two and can possibly create fear and pandemonium. Of course we here at Talk Android recommend that you check out our “How To Spot Malware Guide” and always do your homework on both apps and the developers the apps come from, before downloading an app. Oh and it doesn’t hurt to have some sort of antivirus application installed on your smartphone or tablet.