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Android has the most malware threats, research shows

Aug 27 2013, 3:31am CDT | by , in News | Mobile Phones

Android has the most malware threats, research shows

Android tops malware threat percentage among other mobile operating systems.

Albeit we've heard similar reports in the past about Android's propensity to security threats, an unclassified document from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seems to back-up the previous allegations.

According to the report which has been published by Public Intelligence, Android had the most number of malware threats in 2012, taking 79 percent of the pie. Apple's iOS, on the other hand, had only 0.7 percent.

Old mobile OS, Symbian, trailed with 19 percent while Windows Phone and BlackBerry both averaged 0.3 percent. If you'll come to think of it, the numbers make sense.

Android is the world's most popular OS in terms of numbers, not to mention its open-source philosophy which contributed to its success.

The report also reveals three primary security threats on Android - SMS Trojans, Rootkits, and Fake Google Play domains. The report, which can be downloaded here (PDF), also includes mitigation strategies that would help Android users protect their devices from the said security threats.

Among the strategies include installing a security suite and a Carrier IQ Test–a free application that can detect and remove he malicious software.

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