Android security is one of the main concern to all Android users. Whenever there is a comparison in the security point of view is made between Apple and Android, people will go for Apple for stronger security. Although there are beginning to have more threats for Apple user, but still not much of threat around.
The benefit from the Android side is you get to have most of the paid applications in Apple for free. Which means those applications that Apple user are paying 0.99 cents at least, you get to use it for free. One of the sacrifice is, the security. Malware City recently just released the Top 5 Android Malware and I think Android users out there should take a look into these threats.
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#1 – Android.Trojan.FakeInst
36% of all Android threats come from this malware. This is a malware which install into your mobile device as an installer for browsers, antivirus or instant messenger. The threat here is it will send several SMSs to premium-rate numbers which is going to be very costly.
#2 – Android.Adware.Mobsqueeze
5% of Android threats come from this and it usually comes as a battery saver application such as Battery Doctor or Battery Upgrade. With the lack of smartphone battery life these days, this type of application can trick the user into downloading it. The threat here is it is a spyware that sends information out to the attacker on the about the device and the owner.
#3 – Android.Spyware.SMSReplicator
1.7% of Android threats are this malware and this application has no icons or whatsoever to make detecting any easier. The main threat of this malware is it secretly forwards to a predetermined phone number all SMS messages on your mobile device.
#4 – Android.Trojan.FakePlayer
1.65% of Android threats come from this fake player where it act as a video player application. However, that is just the presentation layer of this threat where it actually sends premium-rate SMS worth $5 to Russian phone numbers without any confirmation or interaction from the owner.
#5 – Android.Trojan.Walkinwat
1% of Android threats come from this application where this application act as a spy sending IMEI, additional phone data, contact names and phone numbers to a remote server. However, the actual function of this malware is quite dangerous as it can initiate phone calls, switching your device on and off or even open network sockets to access the internet. Last but not least, it also sends SMS to all the contacts in the phone.
We also recently learned that, free antivirus for the Android platform is not working very well. If you are really concerned about your Android security, a commercial Mobile security should be considered.