On­slaught

Is the nexus of your per­sonal data,ta

Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

mil­i­taris­tic con­trol over what is and isn’t al­lowed on its plat­form. An­droid sac­ri­fices se­cu­rity to the god of open­ness and is there­fore con­sid­ered pretty ridicu­lously hack­able out of the box.

Rus­sian IT se­cu­rity firm Kasper­sky Lab re­leased re­search last week show­ing that ma­li­cious soft­ware tar­get­ing An­droid had grown by 34% from Novem­ber 2013 un­til now. There are now more than 10m ma­li­cious apps for An­droid f loat­ing around on the In­ter­net.

Said the re­port: “In most cases ma­li­cious pro­grammes tar­get the user’s f inan­cial in­for­ma­tion. This was the case, for ex­am­ple, with the mo­bile ver­sion of Car­berp Tro­jan that orig­i­nated in Rus­sia. It steals user cre­den­tials as they are sent to a bank server. Ac­cord­ing to Kasper­sky Lab ex­perts, the ma­jor­ity of ma­li­cious An­droid ap­pli­ca­tions are cur­rently de­vel­oped in Rus­sia.” Ironic, that. Kasper­sky’s mo­bile se­cu­rity ex­perts have some rec­om­men­da­tions for those look­ing to se­cure their de­vices, how­ever. It rec­om­mends:

Not ac­ti­vat­ing the ‘de­vel­oper mode’ on the de­vice.

Avoid­ing the ‘ In­stall ap­pli­ca­tions from third-party sources’ op­tion in Set­tings.

Only in­stalling ap­pli­ca­tions from of­fi­cial chan­nels, chief ly the Google Play Store.

When in­stalling new apps, care­fully study which rights they re­quest from the op­er­at­ing sys­tem, such as ac­cess­ing your ad­dress book, for ex­am­ple.

Use pro­tec­tion soft­ware on your phone.

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