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Android Malware Threats Increased

How secure are your personal details? The question we often hear everywhere that emphasize mobile devices, whether Android, iOS or any other operating system. More and more significant increases in the number of Android apps that are Trojanized are expected to rise and target the Android platform. TrendMicro predicted last year that smartphone and tablet devices, especially Android, will suffer from more cybercriminal attacks.

Almost every week there are new Android devices being added in the market, especially that the latest OS known as the Jelly Bean (4.1) had received much of appreciation and good press over the past months. Google are also eyeing for their own mobile OS since they have acquired Motorola Mobility last year. With these new achievements in the mobile industry, many reported malware launches have also threatens everything that the Web companies are building. These threats could lead to slower development in stepping higher towards mobile computing. Although Anti-Virus Software makers are also doing their best to block the rapid malware development circulating over the web, these threats will really continue whether we like it or not.

According to Kaspersky, one of the major security firms, “the number of new malware aiming to infiltrate Android devices almost tripled over the second quarter of this year, with a total of 14,900 new malicious programs and apps targeting Android”. More than half of those discovered malware were designed to steal data and install apps remotely and was so-called “multi-functional” Trojans. Around four thousand are SMS-based Trojans that will send premium-rate numbers without consent from the user. The rest would be consisting backdoor threats that will enable hackers to control over your device fully.

To be safe when using Android devices, make sure to download apps only at trusted and secure sources such as Google Play Store. Yuri Namestnikov, senior malware analyst from Kaspersky added: “In the future, we expect not only more malware, but more effective and dangerous malware targeting Android. Judging from existing trends, we should expect that cybercriminals will soon shift to more personalized attacks.”

Do you think malwares circulating in the Android devices will have major effect in your data? Let us know what you think about it.