Most Android Users Don't Use Security Software, Kaspersky Lab Announces
Article by George Norman
On 27 Sep 2013
While 99% of mobile malware targets the Android operating system, more than 50% of Android smartphone and tablet owners don’t use security software to protect their devices.

B2B International and Kaspersky Lab conducted a survey this summer, a survey that focused on the Android mobile operating system and how Android users secure their devices. The survey found that Android users are very lax about security. Turns out that just 40% of smartphone and just 42% of tablet owners use security solutions to protect their devices.

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More than 50% of respondents said they do not rely on specialized software to protect their devices. They’re either content with the limited security features integrated in the mobile operating system, or they rely on their own instincts to stay safe.

Kasperky Lab explains why doing so is not a good idea:
“Meanwhile, for cybercriminals Android is well-established as the top target among all mobile platforms. According to the Kaspersky Lab cloud service Kaspersky Security Network, which accumulates data about urgent cyber-threats, 99% of current malware samples targeting mobile devices have been developed for the Android platform. And this threat is growing: Kaspersky Lab specialists detected 35,000 malicious samples for the whole of 2012, while the figure for the first half of 2013 was over 47,000.”

Using a properly good security solution will protect Android users from cybercriminals and cyber threats. It will also protect them from other issues, such as losing and having your Android stolen. The security of your data will be jeopardized if you lose your Android or if it is stolen. With a security solution you can remotely track, lock, or wipe the lost/stolen Android.

The bottom line is that the Android mobile operating system is a popular target for cybercriminals. Because Android malware is on the rise, it’s best to use a security solution that will protect against cyber threats and against real-life problems, like losing your Android.

As expected, Kaspersky Lab advises Android users to keep their devices safe by using one of its products: Kaspersky Internet Security for Android.




Tags: Kaspersky Lab, security, Android, Google, smartphone, tablet, Kaspersky Internet Security for Android, malware, cyber threats
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