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Only 15% of Malware Detected by Google’s Malware Scanner

Android is the most widely used mobile operating system in the world and it has garnered billions of dollars in profit for Google. While it is highly popular, one of the biggest concerns about Android is that it is not a safe operating system. Since Android is open source and not copyright protected, the source code is available for everyone to work with. Hackers have taken a liking to this fact. Also the fact that it is the most widely used OS helps. So, hackers have produced malware exclusively for Google’s Android, which has proven to be extensively damaging.

To counter this, Google came up with its own malware scanner for the latest version of the Android, Android 4.2. But unfortunately, the malware scanner was not as effective as Google hoped it would be. It only detected 15% of the malware in the products it t was tested for. This is a very bad number, and considering the standards Google has, this is something that they definitely are not proud of.

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Some Stats about Google Malware Scanner Test

The test of Google’s Android Malware Scanner was carried out by a professor/scientist from the North Carolina State University, Xuxian Jiang. The professor used the latest tablet from Google, the Google Nexus 10, which is powered by the Android 4.2 with in-built malware scanner. The professor used 1,260 types of malware for this test. He loaded all the software and used the onboard malware scanner to pick out the malicious software. The application detected only 193 instances of the malware, a disappointing 15.32 percent hit rate. Another worrying factor about this test was that the application failed to detect the most dangerous malware of the group, which meant that your Android device would be at high risk if infected.

How Can Malware Infect Your Android Device

The World Wide Web is teeming with malicious software. There are a number of ways in which the malware can attack your Android device. It can be disguised in software that doesn’t have a secure digital certificate. It can be downloaded to your computer from a potentially dangerous link that you click unknowingly. Hackers also use anonymous social media accounts to plant malware on unsuspecting users’ devices. This technique is increasingly effective because leading social networking site, Facebook reports that more than 40% of the users access Facebook using their Android device. Also, malware can get downloaded to your Android device from sites having adult content.

What’s The Solution At This Point of Time?

Since Google has not been able to come up with anything that is effective, all you can do to protect yourself is to rely on third party apps. The Google Play store has many anti-malware applications, both paid and free, to help you with this. Some of the applications are really effective in not only detecting malware but also eradicating them from your device. These applications do not put excessive load on the CPU of your Android device also, which is an added advantage. At this point of time, this is the only solution to this problem.

How serious is the Android Malware Problem?

As Android continues to dominate the mobile device market, the seriousness of the malware issue also increases. The first major risk is the identity theft. Since users are using their Android devices for everything from online shopping to checking their social media accounts, the risk of identity theft is very high. Also, the device might get corrupted, your online bank accounts might get hacked; your data could be copied; the list is endless.

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