Before you Switch to Android, See Details on the 614% increase in Malware during 2013
If you had to pick the biggest perk about about being an iOS user, what would it be? If you chose anything other than the platform’s security, chances are you don’t have an accurate picture of how bad the malware situation is getting on Android. I know I didn’t!
That 614% increase in malware from March 2012 to March 2013 is pretty… Substantial. It used to be the Android platform was responsible for just 47% of known mobile malware, but since 2012 that figure has ballooned to 92%, and it’s pretty easy to understand why. According to Juniper Networks, a single smartphone attack can turn a $10 profit, and most of these attacks are executed by merely getting a user to send a text to a premium-rate number. We shouldn’t blame it all on ignorance on behalf of the user, either, as this blossoming malware industry is clearly full of clever practitioners–otherwise we wouldn’t be seeing this kind of growth, right?
As for the origins of all this malware, it appears that more than half can be traced to Russia or China. One thing Android users can do to protect themselves is to run the latest version of the platform; however, less than 5% are currently doing so.
Contrast all of this with the iOS environment, where malware hardly gets a mention other than to highlight its nearly complete absence from places like Apple’s App Store.
So, same question–what’s your favorite perk about using an iPhone?