18M Android Devices Could Catch Malware In 2013 – Watch Out!

By Alexandra Burlacu | Dec 15, 2012 10:10 AM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

Malware reports make frightening predictions for 2013 when it comes to the Android platform, with an estimated 18,000 Android devices expected to face malware attacks.

While it's no secret that malware has been increasingly targeting the Android platform, recent reports point to more malware than ever before. Predictions for 2013 are no less alarming, as many anti-virus companies are predicting that 2013 will be a record year for malware.

Follow us

"The mobile era is underway, and 2013 will find people more dependent than ever on their mobile devices to control countless aspects of their personal, public and business lives. The possibilities of this trend are exciting, but heavy reliance and a trove of information on devices are enticing to attackers, putting people, businesses and their most sensitive data at risk," warns anti-virus company Lookout Mobile.

Several antivirus companies, including Lookout Mobile, reported that an estimated 18 million Android devices globally may catch a malicious digital code in 2013. It is a frightening prediction, but a number of contributing factors have raised red flags.

First of all, Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system. As lookout Mobile points out, more than a billion Android devices are expected to sell in 2013 alone, and those phones will download an estimated 70 billion apps. Being the most popular platform already makes Android a perfect target for malware. Count in the fact that it's open source and allows users to download apps from unauthorized third-party developers, and it's pretty much a bulls-eye on Android's back.

In some way, it is much like Windows computers' tendency to catch viruses. It's not that the malware is so easy to catch, but the whopping number of users usually means that someone, somewhere, will likely find a way to get it.

Moreover, an increase in malware-bearing apps is expected as well. Basic math: more malware + more devices capable of catching malware = more devices infected with malware.

On the other hand, while the predictions are alarming, the bigger picture is not so dark. If 18 million Android devices catch malware in 2013, and 1.2 billion are purchased, it means that 15 out of 1,000 devices, i.e. 1.5 percent, will catch the virtual bug.

At the end of the day, while nothing can guarantee nothing wrong will happen, users can prevent catching malware on their Android devices. Basically, Android users need to be more careful about what they download and refrain from installing apps unless they trust the developer and/or the Web site or app store in question.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2013 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Featured Video : Ericsson Announces World-Leading Launches Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
LG G3 leaked UI screenshotsLG G3 UI screenshots leak, confirm QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels
Apple releases latest iOS 7.1.1 update - Here’s what it brings
HTC One M8 Mini reportedly headed to Verizon – Will it be another exclusive?
LG G Watch officially detailed, coming in Champagne Gold and Stealth Black color options
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon LogoAmazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC LogoHTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google DowntimeGoogle blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Chrome Remote Desktop app for AndroidChrome Remote Desktop for Android now available for free from Google Play
Adobe Lightroom mobile hits the iPad, coming soon to iPhones
Apple updates Mac iWork for iCloud suite – What’s new in Pages, Numbers and Keynote?
Microsoft launches Office for iPad, makes Office Mobile free on Android and iPhones
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps