80% Malwares Targeted at Android System Compared to Others
Android might be the best shipped OS system delivering incredible options and features to customers worldwide. However, it is no short of security threats! Shockingly, compared to iOS, Windows, and Blackberry, Android is the most targeted by hackers developing malwares according to various sources and reports. In fact, 80% malwares are targeted at Android systems and the percentage may escalate in the upcoming years, if at all the security backslides aren’t fixed. There is no stopping these cyber criminals as whatsoever the security updates. They’ve got the experts who can break into the system in no time! According to the Kaspersky Lab, malware programs intended at Android has grown tremendously to more than 100,000 as of now. The worst part is even the newest malware released in the market has the ability to slide into the Android system effortlessly!
Why Android and not iOS, Windows, Blackberry?
It isn’t so toughest question to be answered! The reports from various media evidently expose that iOS, Windows are the least affected by security threats, that too by a mere amount of 0.3%. Well, this might be due to the fact that the security systems of these iOS, Windows and Blackberry security measures are relatively 80% stronger compared to Android’s systems. Also, the explosive growth of Android and its open source architecture might be the solid reasons behind the troubling trend of malware attacks on its devices. As the source code is available for everyone across the world, it isn’t hard for the cyber criminals to develop malicious programs to bring down the performance of this wonder platform.
How the threats sneak through Android phones?
The reasons for threats vary and so their processes of sneaking through the Android mobiles. A few reports claim that botnets use opens the door for malicious programs to enter the smartphones. The botnets create zombie networks which in turn create threatening malwares having the ability to spread fast across various applications in the app stores. Cyber criminals are no short of skills as they’ve developed some new malwares which are brilliant as they send along different malwares despite the original one used to create. So, this could eventually drag down the system performance fast.
Apart from the botnets, SMS text messages are found to be the best carriers of security threats. Shortly called as SMS Trojans, they best carry 50% of malicious programs which could damage the security of any Android device they enter by sending the premium-rate numbers to hackers. Also, the other two factors reported by various security experts across the world are rootkits and fake Google play domains. Both are potentially hazardous malwares having the ability to steal the user information without the knowledge of users.
Well, apart from the security downfalls associated with Android, the users themselves invite troubles by not updating to new OSs or upgrades available in the market. Using the older version of the Android device increases the possibility of new malwares attacking the system which affects its performance.
From the above discussion, one can’t question the robustness of the Android system or its explosive growth. They’ve an adept team of developers who work tirelessly on fixing the issues and sooner or later the security backslides associated with this wonder platform might be mitigated successfully.
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