GOOGLE'S MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEM (OS) Android poses little security risk for readers of The INQUIRER, who claim they are not put off by the rising number of malicious apps taking advantage of the OS because they know how to avoid them.
Our most recent poll asked readers, "Do growing Android security threats put you off the operating system?" We thought to ask that after security vendors warned earlier this month that Android malware is "reaching critical mass".
The largest response that attracted 37 percent of the votes answered the question with, "No, I know how to avoid malicious apps," suggesting that our readers are a rather savvy lot who keep up to date with the news regarding security vulnerabilities and malware.
Rather tellingly, the results also suggest that many of our readers don't concern themselves with malicious apps on Android because they are in fact iOS users, and thus believe they are immune to security threats and malware, with 28 percent answering, "I don't care, I'm safe because I use iOS".
The least favoured response to our Android security poll suggests that Google isn't doing enough work on the OS to keep users safe from downloading and installing dodgy apps, with just nine percent answering, " I trust Google is doing enough to keep me safe".
Only 15 percent of respondents answered the poll question with, "I'm worried I will become a victim of cyber crime", proposing that the rising level of security threats on Android is only putting off a small number of readers of The INQUIRER from buying devices running the OS.
11 percent of respondents said that they are concerned about the growing number of security vulnerabilities on Android, "but I will use it anyway", regardless of vendors' warnings.
Trend Micro's second quarter Security Roundup Report released earlier this month revealed that the number of malicious Android apps surged by 350,000 in the first half of 2013, hitting a total of 718,000 by June this year.
The security firm said that this was attributable to hackers seeking to exploit Android's growing global user base. µ
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