Android has grabbed an unassailable position in the mobile operating system market. In fact, some estimates put Android's global smartphone market share at 87 percent and rising. Most analysts believe that in a matter of years, Android will be as dominant in mobile as Windows was years ago in the desktop PC market. Google, through its partnerships with vendors, advertisers and application marketplaces, will benefit greatly from that.
But there's another far less positive parallel between Windows and Android that cannot be underestimated. According to the latest data from security firm F-Secure, 97 percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices in 2013. In 2012 that figure stood at 79 percent. What's worse, the total number of malware signatures is on the rise. In 2012, the mobile firm identified 238 Android threats. Now, that figure stands at 804.
Those statistics, coupled with the ongoing concern among enterprise customers that no single security solution even comes close to solving the mobile world's troubles, should make just about anyone worry about Android security.
Read on to find out why: -
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