Regardless of which platform we talk about be iOS Android or even Blackberry all the systems have their flaws, and are being exploited to the extreme. Coupled with the fact that in the recent few years smartphone’s have gained a tremendous amount of popularity and there are hundreds of million of people using these devices and services, making it a perfect place for hackers to steal information from.
Firms are now also making the ‘bring your own device’ culture more common and this also increases problems for the enterprise itself. However in all this action it seems that Android has been the hardest hit platform with most attacks being targeted on Android device, this could be blamed on the structure and dynamics of the operating system itself, but partially on how it is managed as well.
The biggest concern right now is the sheer number of users, when talking about smartphone’s, if there are more users they wont be more secure, as the fact that there are so many Android users is exactly why hackers are so keen on hunting them down. Hackers, like firms are interested in profits, they profit by getting the information they want and Android offers the best chances of getting it with such a large consumer base.
Android is easy to get in to. By simply creating a bugged app and making it seem attractive, a hacker can easily gain access to thousands of devices in a very short period of time, in many a case hours or days. This combined with the fact that putting an app into Google Marketplace for millions of users to see is a very simple process and one with does not do too many security checks. Slipping an app into the store is easy and until a proper check is put into place for the apps which are made available to users, it will be hard to make better the security situation.
The fact that people don’t realize the intensity of the matter is something that cyber criminals take advantage of. Many are still in the frame of mind that there are security threats on regular personal computers and that smartphone’s are safe to use just like they would a normal computer. That is the problem, since they are being used ass normal computers they are as valuable as them, and hackers realize this, with users who have no anti virus and to firewall to protect them hackers have a blast in getting their information easy.
In the matter of Android it is not easy to identify one single culprit as, even though Google is the main developer of Android and did introduce the platform, it was more of an infrastructure which developers today are now tweaking to their own personal requirements. With so many people altering the setting who can really be blamed for the problems it could be anyone’s fault.
The other thing which causes a lot of confusion is the diversity within the Android platform itself; there are many users who are using the latest version and those running very outdated versions of the OS. Each one has its own problems and that makes it hard to address all the problems at once since as they are not common between all devices.
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