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Watch Put Your Android Malicious Programs

Watch Put Your Android Malicious Programs

Reported that the Android platform, 400% increase in malicious programs

 

Juniper Networks today announced the report of the potential threat of mobile platforms, reveals Android should be alarming growth of malicious software status, Android system has become the largest distribution platform for mobile malware, malicious applications within just one year increased by 400%. The study also found that business and consumer mobile devices are facing security threats, including the Wi-Fi targeted attacks.

 

Although Android is not the only threat of malicious software, mobile platform, but it must be the most obvious one.

As the leader in the next-generation mobile PC, andriod Tablet PC is the pioneer in the mobile Internet, Surfing internet, playing games, watching movies and even for business usage, andriod Tablet can be implemented on a portable tablet PC. No matter Android platform or Apple iPAD, they staged the flat boom in 2010. With almost the same features as the netbook, but also as portable as cell phones, tablet PCs will continue to perform it’s leading role in the mobile Internet era in 2011. However, due to increased competition between manufacturers, many manufacturers have not thought crafted on the product, but introduce a given model to compete with rivals hastyly. For example, Tablet PC larger than 10 inches or less than 4-inch, which seems to deviate from the Tablet PC’s own development track. Between the Android tablet and the Android smart phone, only  the “Call” function are different, the others exactly the same, for the consumer, how would you choose?

The study also explained the risks from the SMS, the most commonly used as a mobile phone communication, text messaging in the next few years will continue to play an important role, but highly intelligent machine messages deceptive Trojan horse also appeared in 17% growth Survey 20% of youth had admitted sending inappropriate messages.

 

As the develpoment of android tablet pc, so many side-effect increade suddently. It is a trend for any kind of some new thing. So in order to protect yourself in case of suffering malicious programs, please put more attentions on these programs. Meanwhile I also want ot say that please wantch out your facebook account and twitter account, because the report also pointed that so many cheating message had emerged just from SMS ways. In the further, we must more carefully about all kinds of messages.

Insider point out that it’s definitely a bad news for android tablets manufacturers. Motorola, Samsung and RIM they know iPad2’s influence but they can’ do nothing about it.

Protect your Phone from Android Malware

Protect your Phone from Android Malware

Android appears to be more prone to malware attacks in comparison of other mobile platforms. Malwares have been seen as a constant problem on most Android versions so far. Today, Android has turned into the top selling smartphone platform, but it is also a juicy target for hackers and attackers. Scammers and malware developers are eager to steal private information and money from innocent Android users, without their consent.

The first ever attack on Android appeared when SMS Trojan malware, called ‘Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a’ was discovered by Kaspersky Lab in August 2010. It was a 13kb media player app but once installed, it started to send text messages to premium rate numbers. Soon in the fourth quarter of 2010, McAfee discovered the most important threat, a ‘Trojan called Android/Geinimi’. It was inserted into legitimate apps for the Android platform. It had encrypted URLs linked back to botnet command servers. The Trojan could also download software from these servers. In September 2010 Kaspersky Lab again found one more set of malware ‘SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.b’. In June 2011 McAfee reported that Android OS is the second popular platform attracting attackers to spread malwares. The first one was Symbian OS.

Now, malware attack on Android OS has become a usual matter. Scammers and malware developers keep on changing their strategy of spreading malicious codes and even succeed in their efforts. It is believed that Android is the victim of its own fame and this fame is likely to grow in the future.

How it is the safest OS?

But, it does not mean that Android is vulnerable and has no protection facilities. Android is one of the most protected operating systems, which uses a separation of privileges approach to maintain security on the system, with apps based on unique identity using standard Linux user and group IDs. This facility separates the functioning of an application from other applications and even from operating system. Various processes performed by an app are subject to permission assessment and by default, no application has permission to affect / influence the functioning of other applications. When Android applications are developed, developers need to specify that the permission labels are liable to protect their own applications and other applications along with OS.

Where do pitfalls exist?

The phrase ‘Beauty is a Curse’ fits well here. Android’s beauty is its openness because it allows developers to customize the OS and applications for it. Customization to the OS is made by mobile manufacturers that optimize it according to specific hardware environment and customization to apps is made by programmers who want to add dynamic features for deriving more productivity. Conspiracy takes place at the app development process in which some developers wrap malicious codes with their apps which are downloaded by innocent users. Here, malware begins its game. In some cases apps want illogical permissions to access the hardware and software of user’s device and later scammers and malware developers use these permissions to remotely perform unlawful operations on a device, such as stealing private data, sending texts to premium numbers, spying on user’s activities on device and a lot of others.

Customization to application development is not harmful unless it affects the functionality of the OS or the app performs unnecessary operations. Although customization at OS level is also not harmful, but it creates another problem that is known as fragmentation. Nowadays rivals have made Android fragmentation a major issue to distract users from this platform, but still it is risk-free.

As far as malware is concerned, Google itself seems to be too much serious about the issue. Google recently added-in a safety technology Google Bouncer to Google Play. It is designed to stop harmful apps from occurring in the store.

How to protect it?

What user can do at their end is quite simple and nontechnical. Users should avoid downloading free apps as these are the only way through which maliciously coded applications enter a device. If you really want to download a free app then never forget to check the permissions it wants to access the hardware/software facilities of your device. Before downloading any free app, you can also check feedbacks posted by other users. There are a number of Antivirus and Anti-malware apps which you can download on your device to make it foolproof.

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