Android Malware Worries

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, since other blogs have already rehashed the recent Juniper Networks mobile threats report. I first heard about it this morning on NPR and figured it’s worth a mention. The big scary number is the 400% increase in Android malware observed from June 2010 to January 2011. There are Android security apps that you might consider to safeguard against malware, but as far as I know the only way to get a nefarious app on your phone is to actively download and install it yourself. There is no Android virus yet, and I don’t believe that’s something to be worried about.

I would again harken back here to the point that I (and Tom Hickey) keep coming back to: be skeptical and use some common sense. Don’t download and install something if it doesn’t have overwhelmingly positive reviews in Google Marketplace or Amazon Appstore.

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