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Android rises to top -- in malware threats: survey

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The Commission charged that HTC America failed to employ reasonable and appropriate security practices when it customised the software installed on its mobile devices.

To illustrate the consequences of these alleged failures, the FTC's complaint details several vulnerabilities found on HTC's devices, including the insecure implementation of two logging applications - Carrier IQ and HTC Loggers - as well as programming flaws that would allow third-party applications to bypass Android's permission-based security model.

Due to these vulnerabilities, the FTC charged, millions of HTC devices compromised sensitive device functionality. The FTC alleged that malware placed on consumers' devices without their permission could be used to record and transmit information entered into or stored on the device.

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Another good reason for using an iPad and a iPhone.

Apple products have always been more secure. Viruses never have been a problem on Macs.

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http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/295168-the-ten-most-dangerous-mac-viruses

TECH giant Apple has been attacked by the same hackers who targeted Facebook, it emerged last night. Staff fell victim to a cyber attack in which their Mac computers were infected with a virus, the company revealed. It came through the same “malware” program used against the social networking site last week. Apple said a small number of computers were involved and there was no evidence the hackers had stolen any data. The breach is a huge embarrassment for Apple, whose Macintosh computers are usually thought to be safer from viruses than Windows-based PCs.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4803986/Facebook-hack-gang-hit-Apple-staffs-Mac-computers-with-a-virus.html#ixzz2N0I1t0cp

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My Android working good and I would not change for iPhone

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Badsey,

The first link you post is a) advertising for anti-virus software, b) totally unreal - if MacOS X behaved like that Apple would be in BIG trouble - and c) the 10 "viruses" the article lists are not viruses but Trojans. There is a world of difference.

The second link is about a cyber attack on specific computers. It's not something that your average user needs to worry about.

I've been using Macs since the late 80's and I've never had a problem with a virus. My Windows friends constantly suffered from this. And now it seems that Android is plagued with the same problem.

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BertieWoosterMar. 09, 2013 - 12:20PM JST

The first link you post is a) advertising for anti-virus software, b) totally unreal - if MacOS X behaved like that Apple would be in BIG trouble - and c) the 10 "viruses" the article lists are not viruses but Trojans. There is a world of difference.

By your incorrect logic this entire article is false then. Almost all infections for everything are trojans, including the android phone infections.

And no, the OSX affecting viruses that attack through safari are NOT trojans, since they require no user interaction to be installed.

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No one needs to be a techno-scientologist (especially you apple freaks -- please shut up!! You are noisy. Thanks). Use the technology you want to use. But for me with my android system I have installed the free Avast app that helps protect from such malware. Use and enjoy.

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Another good reason for using an iPad and a iPhone.

Apple products have always been more secure. Viruses never have been a problem on Macs.

All the more reason to stay with Apple.

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All the more reason to protect your android device...try AVG free for android. I use both android and iOS (each system has its own virtues) and I'm guessing that a lot of people with these systems don't have the same security mindset as a PC owners.

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There are many reasons why you should question this report, though. For one, F-Secure counts Android test tools as malware. Really? Google is using those to prevent malware. How could they cause more problem? The report claims that the tools “may be misused for malicious intent by irresponsible parties.” You also have to take into consideration that these "security companies" are often selling products while publishing these reports. F-Secure's main goal with this report is to most likely sell you some bogus anti-virus for your device.

But the fact remains that because of its open system, android is more vulnerable than iOS, same like a democracy has more crime than a dictatorshipdictatorship... Freedom comes with a price.

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I tried McAfee anti-virus for my Mac OSX and iPhone (would work on both) and it really slowed things down. But I did get the scan in and nothing came up. Took it off as soon as the scan was over. I had my iTunes account info compromised and it seemed my credit card on two occasions had two fraudulent transactions on it --> thought my iPhone after 5 yrs of use finally had a security issue and wanted to try something.

With the PC (Windows 2000): Norton Corporate, Zone Alarm, SpyBot. -this was a killer combination for the time .

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android gets more attacks not because it's worse than apple-crap. android gets more attacked because it's the future. the apple model is dead, all that super-control, one of the worst profiteering big-brothers if ever there was one. but thanks apple, without you, there would be no android.

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Don't forget the future is exciting because there are all kinds of choices beyond Apple and Android. Microsoft; Blackberry could make a comeback; Samsung is getting so powerful it is rumored by some they may transitionally diverge from Android; Firefox; Linux; The list goes on and on. Personally I think it's pretty silly (especially on the Apple freak side) when they have all these skirmishes of Apple vs. MS for PCs. But it is even more silly (again on the side of the Apple Nazis) when they say Apple is good and Android sucks when (1) they never use Android and (2) it is now so much more than just Android as there are more and more choices for portable OS coming into prime time.

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TakahiroDomingo: Well, apple-crap (iOS) has still a biggest market share than Android. Almost the double. So... your point is invalid. Check numbers before posting.

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LOL...the very reason I don't put my hands on an Android. And also the reason why when I see someone using one I think this person is very well misinformed.

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@TumbleDry where are you getting your numbers? Or are Apple lovers living in a completely different reality? iOS does lead android in Japan but by a very small margin, definitely not 'Almost the double (sic)'.

In the rest of the world Android leads by 10% http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-ww-monthly-201001-201301

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LOL...the very reason I don't put my hands on an Android. And also the reason why when I see someone using one I think this person is very well misinformed.

or you think their customizing, playing better games, downloading faster, multi-tasking, emailing MS-Office documents to their boss, getting "actual" directions to their destination, or using a back and menu button.

But really, alot of this crap about malware is just common sense.

Sent from my Samsung Mobile

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