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Android users do not protect their devices

Posted In News - By DailyAndroidNews on Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 With No Comments »


According to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab in 19 countries around the world, only 40% of smartphone owners and 42% of tablet users have a security solution installed on their devices.

The Kaspersky Lab detected 35,000 malicious samples in 2012, while the figure for the first half of 2013 was 47,000. Also, about 50% of owners of Android-based electronics equipment not safeguard their threats, which makes this platform remains the most popular among cybercriminals, who use malware to steal their victims. This, according to a survey conducted in previous days by Kaspersky Lab, a member of GMS, Ecuadorian security company.


The research, which was conducted among 8,605 people, men and women from 19 countries in Europe, Latin America, North America, Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, explained, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, only 40% of smartphone owners and 42% of tablet owners have installed a security solution on their devices and are using it.

Other respondents say they are pleased to have limited security features built into the operating or trust their own instincts to stay safe system. Xavier Almeida, manager of Corporate Relations of GMS, said the attacks are recorded in a high percentage on this platform because it is the fastest growing and access; unlike iOS, which is a narrower operating system and whose applications are pass through the filter of Apple.

“People who use Android are worth no solutions to protect their electronics because they think it is different from a laptop or PC to have in their homes, when in fact the same, and in some cases the phone is more advanced. In addition, the individual ignores the important information management transmitting in these media, “Almeida said.

The threats lurk

The survey indicates that, according to Kaspersky Security Network service cloud-based Kaspersky Lab collects data on pressing cyber technology, 99% of current malware samples targeting cell have been developed for the Android platform. This threat is growing: Kaspersky Lab’s specialists detected 35,000 malicious samples in 2012, while the figure for the first half of 2013 was 47,000.

“There are two main reasons why cybercriminals are interested in the Android platform popularity and functionality,” said the report also noted that all the capabilities of communication, entertainment and computing based Android devices are so popular offenders as among users.

Open space and vulnerability

For Almeida, a part of the stolen money, there is another serious risk that the loss or theft of the same device. This is a very sensitive issue, if one takes into account that for many smartphones and tablets have become the main place to store your photos, documents, correspondence or other valuable information that should not fall into the wrong hands.
Also, according to the specialist of GMS, the problem is compounded because much Android platform accounts for the largest market share and Google Play Store provides an open approach roads more vulnerable to hackers accessing personal information such as email or phone numbers.
“Google Play does not have a strict system of analysis applications that can protect their users, compared to Apple apps, where legacy applications are guaranteed. (PT)


Google and Amazon are among the main targets of cybercriminals, who launched attacks that affected a daily average of 102,100 people worldwide, twice as many as in 2011-2012.

From security
Users of Android-based devices must protect their smartphones and tablets with a solution of high quality Internet Security.
Do not enter public WiFi. This form of connection is not secure and you have to be careful with the data entered because they are easy to hack and intervene.
Be careful with managing social networks. Users of these services are the most coveted of phishing attacks target.
Avoid banking transactions from such devices. If electronic banking is done from a PC or a mobile should have protected these teams and wary of e-mails from ‘your bank’ or asking their key personnel or their relatives information. In such cases call your financial institution to see and learn the truth of the fact.
Verify that the web page from which count operations performed with the following characteristics: the address beginning with https and not just http. You should also clearly see that the page count with lock icon on the bottom right.

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