Android has become the most used mobile operating system in the world in the past few years, surpassing Apple’s giant hold of the market in 2010 and pushing BlackBerry back into the single-digits.
As the OS continues to grow around the world, it is becoming clear Android may be the Windows of the mobile world. In the pre-tablet era, Windows had 90% hold of the PC universe but also had almost all the malicious software. We could see Android becoming a hub for malware and other harmful software.
By the end of the year security analysts predict about one million malicious apps will be on Android. This is a steady increase and one Google cannot seem to keep under control. The rapid rise in worldwide usage has attributed to some apps getting onto the system without real investigation and Android still cannot protect against updated apps.
Android is a cloudy system, even though anti-virus does stop a lot of the problems and security cautious people would normally never download apps that have malware, not everyone is this clear. Apps can be disguised as fun to play games or applications with expensive downloads inside.
This makes it hard for real apps to be seen and malicious apps can hide in-between the cracks. Currently malicious content is broken down into two parts, expensive in-app purchases and malware ridden apps that take personal information.
We hope Google find some way to reduce the number of apps with malicious content and make less use of third parties to clean up the store. If anything, this will only allow Apple to boast on how clean their store is when it comes to apps.