Is Android Safe Enough?

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Android has very rapidly progressed with curiousity in 2007, fascination in 2009, and large scale adoption last year. It has many positives as well, the biggest one-its backed up by Google. Its “free and open source ethos make it an OS not only to be considered, but to be praised .

On one hand appreciation is being showered on Android, but on the other, we find out  Android has an estimated 2,600,000 users affected by Malwares or Trojans.

 

 

This is  not so new for Google, as last year, there was a similar case with Gmail, in which about 150,000 Gmail accounts were wiped out of their data from Google’s servers. The reason-A backup software update gone awry. Eventhough it affected only 0.5% of Gmail users globally,no one would want to be one of the affected.

 

 

In the last few years there has been a rapid up-swing in mobile technology causing a swift change in the way we get mobile content and interact with it, which in-turn brings with it a whole lot of security related problems. In platforms such as Android, some components are built into parts of the OS and require full OS upgrade to patch vulnerabilities. Being a linux based platform makes it possible to tweak lower-level components,but it also highlights possible flaws which can be exploited for profits.

Attack in the past …
Android has not been completely fool-proof of Malware and Trojans.There have been various attacks and exloits for its flaws.
Some of them I have included in the post :-

1) “FAKE PLAYER CODEC“-Poses as a media-player application,but starts sending premium rate text messages.

2) “DROID DREAM“-This is the Superman of all Android malware.A publisher has taken 21 popular free apps from the market, injected root exploits into them and republished.” The really scary part? “50k-200k downloads combined in 4 days.”

3)”MOBSPY.A“-Another android based malware that steals information like incoming,outgoing phone calls,messages and GPS locations.

What now?

As far as security is concerned,Android is still a work in progress.Though open soure was a Bloom for desktop computing it proved to be a curse for Android in terms of security.Hopefully with new Android version releases and various Flavours of android,Google will pull up their socks.

 

Thanks for reading,

Palash Jain

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