Android users face greater threat from malware today than they did six months back.
A new report from security services provider Lookout warns that Android users are two and a half times as likely to encounter malware today than 6 months ago.
As if that were not scary enough, Lookout adds that three out of ten Android owners are likely to encounter a web-based threat on their device each year.
It seems an estimated half million to one million people were affected by Android malware in the first half of 2011. That is a depressingly large number.
Android apps infected with malware went from 80 apps in January to over 400 apps cumulative in June 2011, says the Lookout study.
The open distributed application model for Android, where users can download Apps (that may not even be vetted by anyone) from multiple sources, is a key reason for the greater security issues on this mobile platform. In contrast, Apple exercises tighter control on its application download process with its single source plus a vetting process for each app.
Malware writers are also said to be using new distribution techniques, such as malvertising, drive-by-download and upgrade attack.
In an unsurprising conclusion, the Lookout report discloses that both web-based and app-based threats are increasing in prevalence and sophistication.
Now you know why we use Apple’s iOS mobile devices like iPhone and iPad. 😉
Lookout Mobile Threat Report