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Android devices with malware infections tripled last year

Android saw the total number of devices infected by malware triple in 2012.

@anthony256
Published Tue, Apr 16 2013 5:34 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:23 PM CST

Android looks like its the OS of choice for malware developers, with mobile security vendor NQ finding that Android devices infected with malware grew exponentially last year alone.

Android devices with malware infections tripled last year | TweakTown.com

NQ found that Android devices with malware infections grew from 10.8 million in 2011 to 32.8 million, meaning a triple of infections year-over-year. They also found that nearly 95% of malware detected in 2012 was designed specifically for Google's mobile OS, which means that Android is the main target for cybercriminals.

Most Android malware infections happen in China, India and Russia - so while this might seem like some frightening numbers at first, InfoWorld's Brian Katz does make us feel all a little better. Katz also writes that most mobile malware can be avoided if Android users "download apps only from known sources", such as the Google Play Store. My advice? Don't click ads, don't open suspicious links, don't join random or weird Facebook groups that want all of your info.

NEWS SOURCE:bgr.com

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