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Malware threats against phones were once few and far between, but anyone being honest with themselves knew that it was just a matter of time before hackers went after them in force. Now, Android is receiving way too much attention from the wrong people.

According to a report from Juniper Networks, there has been a marked rise in Android malware in the months of October and November. Worse, 44% of the threats discovered by Juniper in their research were of the SMS Trojan variety. These viruses send SMS messages to premium numbers without the user knowing, racking up lots of cash for the people operating those numbers – and lots of charges on customer accounts.

Juniper blames Google’s open development process A Quick Guide To Developing Android Apps With Google App Inventor A Quick Guide To Developing Android Apps With Google App Inventor Read More for the issue. Android’s market uses a system where developer apps are not reviewed before they appear. Google will pull malware, of course, but only after it’s been reported and had the chance to infect Android devices.

Thankfully, you can defend yourself by downloading an anti-virus app – but you may need to get out your wallet. There’s still limited data on most free anti-virus apps, and the information that is available from AV-Comparatives and AV-Test has shown some to be worthless (crowd favorite Lookout is still untested).

On the other hand, these organizations have tested paid apps from Kaspersky and F-Secure and given praise to both. Kaspersky Mobile Security is $9.99 on the Android market, and a version for Android tablets What You Need to Know About Android Tablet Security What You Need to Know About Android Tablet Security As tablets become more popular, they’re serving as stand-ins for computers for some users. Although most people still own a PC, tablets are particularly nice for web browsing and online video, making them common couch-side... Read More  is available. F-Secure is 29.95 in British Pounds. F-Secure is not available for download on the North American Android market.

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Source: CNET

  1. Snoodking
    November 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Apple is responsible for putting that stuff out there.  Ironically as soon as Android passed the iPhone in sales, the infections start.

    Apples is paying e-mercenaries to try to stifle the competition.

    • Best Conspirator.
      November 21, 2011 at 12:04 am

      And aliens are real...

      btw, Apple also funding PC malware. =/

      • Aibek
        November 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

        good one! :)

  2. Anonymous
    November 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Oppressed Android !

    • M.S. Smith
      November 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      I'm not sure what that's supposed to mean but I want to go make an image of an Android guy in shackles now.

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