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87 pecentage of Android devices are vulnerable !

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    Default 87 pecentage of Android devices are vulnerable !

    It is quite startling to find that on an average during the last four years, more than 87% of Android devices were vulnerable to attacks from malicious applications. The result is the outcome of a study conducted by University of Cambridge researchers. According to the report most of the handset manufactures fail to offer regular security updates to Android users. It is to be noted that LG, Motorola and devices under Google Nexus brand are better in this respect You can see the detailed summary on the site called Androidvulnerabilities.

    The study was partly funded by Google itself. Google will use these findings to make Android a stronger OS.

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    A bit worrying fact about Android. It is usual because their openness made way for vulnerabilities to be detected easily and exploited by heartless cyber criminals. Maybe the soonest possible solution is answered through the new android release.

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    Open source software does not mean it is more vulnerable than a closed source one.

    Infact open source software are better in terms of security.
    An open source code base is monitored by thousands of developer. There are less chances for a bug to creep through. However there are exceptions to this as was evident in the Heartbleed bug existing in SSL code base which was open source.

    Hence, generally open source software are more secure. For instance look at the Linux kernel. It has been open source from birth. How many zero days can you find there ?
    As a matter of fact, finding bugs just by going through the source code is no easy feat. So forget about hackers exploiting open source software.

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    I agree with you @qwert. The fact that Android uses an open source software, the more chances of having it fixed. But still we can't ignore the fact that it can also be exploited, since malicious users can potentially viewed the code. The truth is, Android can be exploited but later on be fixed. The circulation will just continue unless there's no vulnerability is found.

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    This vulnerability is mainly because people don't take appropriate caution. If they only use apps from playstore then this plague can be controlled by a long margin. If users take action at their levels then this problem can be cured.

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    Yes, this may cause a little bit of uneasiness among Android users. Nowadays almost every day we can see some or other kind of Android vulnerability. I think the hackers are mainly focusing on Android as it is the most popular mobile OS. I believe this can worsen in days to come as now Android is being used for money transactions.

    Do you have any idea how Marshmallow performs in terms of security? They claim to have a lot of security updates including fingerprint scanner. I just wanted to know the ground reality.

    I never imagined LG and Motorola will score better along with Nexus in providing security updates to handsets.

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    for money transactions, best to link a mobile no different from the one in the android phone and get OTP in that other phone. that way, the app can never have automated access to your account.
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    That's the biggest concern for Android as it's based on AOSP. Android OS is vulnerable to malware attacks very often, and that's the point where iPhones and Windows phone lead this area. However, in the recent times, companies have started focussing on this issue and are trying to make the security of the Android devices more tight. Blackfone is an example to this, as the company has tried its level best to keep everything secure in their Android devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waqsi View Post
    That's the biggest concern for Android as it's based on AOSP. Android OS is vulnerable to malware attacks very often, and that's the point where iPhones and Windows phone lead this area. However, in the recent times, companies have started focussing on this issue and are trying to make the security of the Android devices more tight. Blackfone is an example to this, as the company has tried its level best to keep everything secure in their Android devices.
    Yes, security has always been an issue for Android phones. As you said nowadays they are focusing on mobile security as a major concern. But at the same time it is really alarming that every day new security issues are appearing like anything. I think security is the only factor that holds Android back in front of iOS and Apple iPhones. Once it is well addressed nothing can beat Android. But I don't think it is easy because almost all cyber criminals target Android as it is the most widely used mobile OS. With the advent of AndroidPay it can even become worse.

    By the way, what is this Blackfone? I have never heard of this before. Is it another handset manufacturing company?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neerajojha0001 View Post
    This vulnerability is mainly because people don't take appropriate caution. If they only use apps from playstore then this plague can be controlled by a long margin. If users take action at their levels then this problem can be cured.
    I think even playstore encounters risks because of some malware that enter their boundaries. There's one app I heard that impersonate an Ad network and leaked personal information of an infected devices. We can't consider all that appear in Playstore are trustworthy. Now that bad hackers focuses on Android devices because its popular, their always ready to create threat.

    Android is most commonly used by millions/billions because of its popularity. That is why bad hackers are attracted to searched for the OS vulnerability, because chances for them to lure victims is high.

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    I have put anti virus protection on my phones. Android is the best because it is low cost and it still does the same thing as the OS systems. That's why hackers get what they need from them. I think it is very important to keep this valuable information safe. Anybody can hack into anybody's system these days and with it being a phone, they can get your numbers, email information, and banking information. We live our whole lives on our phones. It is very important to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

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    My device just got attacked by a virus that no anti-virus or anti-malware can detect and it forced me to reformat my device and it is really upsetting because I lost many important files that is very rare to find. I have the copy of a song that cannot be found anywhere because it is a rare demo version. I am now trying to find a software that maybe able to recover a deleted file from a reformatted device. I really hope that I can still somehow find a way to make it happen and it makes me very desperate. Many apps on the appstore are very questionable because they have copy pasted looking comments and have a high rating despite of low download rate but if you will dig the comments deeper you can see complaints and negative reviews buried by those copy pasted comments.

    Even the damn appstore is not safe. Another vulnerability we have are some ads many websites have when we surf the internet with mobile browsers. These ads that automatically installs unwanted apps are very aggressive.

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    As more and more people are using their mobile phones these days for various things, I think it was only a matter of time before security became an issue.

    People are quite good at protecting their PC's and tablets but seem to leave their mobile unsecured.

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    This doesn't really surprise me. Considering how insanely popular the Android platform is these days with the proliferation of free apps. Every app that one installs on their phone is a potential risk. The reality is that most developers are not giving anything away completely free. They've monetized their apps through advertising and the user is subjected to adware, whether they like it or not.

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    I think the simple reason why Android is being subjected to attacks is its huge popularity. As more and more people use Android phones, chances of vulnerability are also on the high. Nowadays people are crazy about free offers and download anything which is free. We need to be judicious in the use of Android phones. I think the best protection against attacks is our commonsense. Remember that precaution is always better than cure.

    Android is the favorite target of hackers because of its popularity. Android in mobiles is just like Windows in computers.

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    This is not new! Every day, in the pages of technologies we always read about some Android problem. In my view, the google is so passive about it. In this way, these news have become increasingly common.

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    In general, Open Source OS are always the best target for creating a virus. As it allow user to view the code, it's always easy to expect an outcome and find bugs when compared to closed source OS. As Android is very popular, it became the primary target for attackers. Think, everyone wants to join Facebook as it have many users, similarly an attacker wants to infect as many systems as possible. So, attackers obviously goes for a popular and Open source OS. Unfortunately, Android became that target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    This is not new! Every day, in the pages of technologies we always read about some Android problem. In my view, the google is so passive about it. In this way, these news have become increasingly common.
    You are right, Android attacks are quite common these days and Google never respond to it. But I think it is high time that they should do something about it, else iOS will take away a major market share. I think they tried to address this issue in new Marshmallow to a great extent. But that is not enough. Android phones which run on old versions will not be able to upgrade to Marshmallow and a majority of the Android users belong to this category. It will only ruin brand image of Google as a mobile OS. I think Google should come up with a solution to protect them also. It may be a marketing strategy to sell off their new models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    You are right, Android attacks are quite common these days and Google never respond to it. But I think it is high time that they should do something about it, else iOS will take away a major market share. I think they tried to address this issue in new Marshmallow to a great extent. But that is not enough. Android phones which run on old versions will not be able to upgrade to Marshmallow and a majority of the Android users belong to this category. It will only ruin brand image of Google as a mobile OS. I think Google should come up with a solution to protect them also. It may be a marketing strategy to sell off their new models.
    I think Google poor relative safety of Android. I just do not think it will ruin the image of Android because iPhone is expensive and the Windows phone still has a few apps.

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