Google had finally managed to improve Android’s security.
Researchers say that Android devices that only download apps from Google Play are 9 times more secured against malware than the other devices that download apps from unknown and shady sources.
According to a new report, devices that are running latest Android versions are more secure than devices that are running older Android versions.
Remember that the Play Store isn’t perfect and you can still install a malicious app once in a while.
Here is a good example about the rise of Android cybersecurity, the number of Android devices that are infected with at least one potentially harmful application (PHA) is significantly higher for Android devices running KitKat (4.x), Lollipop (5.x), and Marshmallow (6.x), but it’s considerably smaller among devices that runs latest Android versions.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
This huge gap can be linked to many factors, such as continued platform and API hardening, ongoing security updates and app security and developer training; that is available only for the newer versions of Android.
Users that are running older Android versions, they can still be safe; all they need to do is restrict themselves to installing apps that are available outside the official Play Store.
If they stick to this golden rule, researchers showed, that the PHA infection rate for Google Play only users is around 0.09 percent, considerably lower then the rate of users who don’t follow the rule: 0.61 percent.
The top infected countries are Indonesia, India, the US, Russia, and Japan.
At this end of the year Google promised a deeper dive into the Android ecosystem, and this week, Google published “Android Enterprise Security,” a detailed report for the new enterprise-centric security features that have been added to latest Android Pie.
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor the cybersecurity world. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.