Thursday, December 20, 2012

eScan about actual problems of safety of Android

Govind Rammurthy, CEO, eScan MicroWorld, told the publication VARIndia about actual malware targeting Google Android, as well as the best means to protect the platform.

Mobile devices have already been able to press the desktop and continue to gain market because they provide excellent flexibility and extensibility of the working environment, have enhanced capabilities for working with applications, social networking, etc. But, like any other, mobile technologies have their own shortcomings - for example, they are vulnerable to malware and hackers.

Today, attacks on the Android operating system are considered among cybercriminals very lucrative form of business. This is not surprising, given that the OS has taken now the market leader: according to research firm Gartner, the market share of the Android OS increased from 46.5% in 2011 to 64.1% in the second quarter of 2012 is almost four times greater than that of the OS used by Apple iPhone, whose share was 18.8%, and 23.7 times higher than the current market share of Windows Phone (2,7%).

Mobile malware

Professionals in the field of information security watching the continuous growth of digital threats such as rootkits, Trojans, spyware, bots, etc. Grows and the number of malware targeting mobile platform Android. For example, the bot SpyEye, once known only as a threat for Microsoft Windows, has been successfully ported to Google Android, confirming once again the trend towards commercialization of mobile malware. Mobile SpyEye bot is designed not only to steal data, but also to obtain illegal profits by sending SMS-messages to premium numbers.

In addition to the increasing threat due to rising popularity of the platform, there are other problems. So, Google implemented a procedure of verification of programs is inadequate and is not suitable for use in the applications market. Therefore Android mobile application portals attract a large number of malicious programs that appear in the eyes of unsuspecting users as legitimate. As a result, buyers official app stores threaten malware masquerading as harmless applications and games. Members are also platform leaks of personal data, hidden download websites and other risks.

Security problems smartphones

The number of mobile devices continues to grow steadily, and in the near future there will be a sharp rise in their use in a corporate environment. This should lead to the fact that in order to improve the performance of business processes will be better adapted to mobile technology.

CEO eScan MicroWorld said: "At present, only few companies have implemented perimeter protection work environment, and in particular its mobile segment, in accordance with the information security policy. This is because the organization does not have time to adapt to the constant changes of mobile work space." For this lag are several reasons. First, it is the rapid emergence and expansion of mobile work environment, as mobile devices have become available in common use. Second, the majority of mobile users do not know that smartphones are vulnerable as well as desktop computers, and therefore do not use solutions to protect their mobile devices.

An infected smartphone can easily transfer confidential information the attacker, but the majority of mobile users are still unaware of the potential consequences of breaking smartphone. For this reason, the security of mobile phones is associated with no less difficult than the protection of personal desktops.

There is a solution of problems of safety! 

The mobile market continues to grow. And domestic consumers and businesses are increasingly using smartphones and tablets, which leads to the need to improve safety of mobile phones, and thus enhances the development of the market of mobile security.

In particular, eScan Micro World recently released solutions for smartphones and tablets running Android - eScan Mobile Security for Android and eScan Tablet Security for Android. These solutions are designed to provide reliable protection of consumers from the growing mobile security threats.

Related links:

Comodo Internet Security Premium 2013 6.0
Samsung has confirmed the existence of vulnerabilities

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