Today, I was reading the latest Wired Magazine and as I was turning the pages I came across an advertisement titled ARM YOUR ANDROID from ESET Internet Security.
The first portion of the ad presents some statistics about Android.
500,000 Number of Android-based phones activated daily, making it the best-selling type of smartphone in the world.
1,000 New Android apps added to the market each day
400+ Number of infected apps, up from 80 in six months
1 million Android users affected by malware in the first half of 2011 alone
The second part of the ad is titled DOS AND DON'TS OF ANDROID APPS.
DO a background check on the app developer. Search online to see if they are legit.
DO install a mobile security product for your Android device.
DON’T download apps that are not on official Android app stores (you may have higher exposure to cracked or pirated apps).
DON’T reveal purchase information to any apps that are not officially released by your financial institution.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to worry about downloading an App on my mobile device to find out that I downloaded something with a virus or malware. I also don’t want to have to complete a background check on the developer of an App before downloading.
That’s why I will be sticking with Apple’s iOS devices for the foreseeable future!