Fake Rovio apps show up in the Android Market, already removed

Android Community readers are sophisticated, intelligent technology aficionados who would never be taken in by crude attempts at subterfuge. Even the ones who leave those less-than-intelligible responses in the comments section (you don't know who you are). That said, if you should happen to, you know, know anyone who might be likely to purchase Angry Birds in the next few weeks, make sure and be extra cautious. I mean, tell them to be extra cautious. According to TechCrunch, there are unscrupulous people selling fake Rovio apps in the Android Market and refusing to refund the purchase price.

Google engineer and security vendors spar over Android malware threat

With all the stories about Android malware as of late, it might be easy for a novice smartphone user to get nervous. Security software vendor McAfee agrees: they've sent out a much-publicized report claiming that threats for Android have increased by 37% in just three months, and they're predicting "75 million unique malware samples" across all mobile platforms by the end of the year. Juniper Networks is claiming a 472% increase since July. Google's Open Source Program Manager Chris DiBona had a pointed rebuttal to this and other Android malware news on his personal Google+ page, mostly (go figure) in defense of Android's open source nature.

Report: most free anti-malware apps are almost useless

Malware is a growing problem for Android, both within the Android Market and without. But when it comes to free applications, it looks like users aren't getting a lot of help. According to a security report from AVTest in Germany, nearly all the free anti-malware apps are almost completely useless, with many failing to detect even a single threat in a test environment. Their results after testing seven popular free apps are below - it looks like users are getting exactly what they pay for.

Norton expands Android offerings with Tablet Security app

Norton, peddlers of all things software security related, already has an established presence on the Android platform with its Mobile Security app, already available in the Android Market. Like always the company is looking to expand its offerings, and the latest comes in Norton Tablet Security, set to release soon for $39.99, recurring every year. Though it's marketed as a tablet app, Tablet Security will work on all Android 2.2 Froyo devices and later.

‘Battery Upgrade’ malware shows users how to make their phone vulnerable

Is anybody feeling some 90s nostalgia right about now? It seems like hardly a day goes by where we don't hear about some sneaky new way for hackers and identity thieves to compromise incautious Android users' phones. The latest is a "battery manager" app that not only compromises your data, but gives you a quick lesson on how to open up the "unknown sources" app install method your phone for easy exploitation. Once installed the app steals your phone number, email address, unique IMEI code and other personal information.

Premium phone number scams and malware on the rise, says Symantec

Android is taking the world by storm, and unfortunately, that means that scammers and hackers are coming along for the ride. Security firm Symantec released new research today detailing the biggest threats faced by Android users, and while most of it is familiar information, there are some fiendishly innovative new forms of malware and other malicious apps that users should be aware of. Chief among them is the "Premium rate number billing scam".

QR code infects Android phones with Trojan malware

The next time you see a QR code in a public place, you might want to think twice before opening up Google Goggles. According to researchers at Kaspersky, a new Trojan has been found that uses the popular barcodes to steal Android users' hard-earned cash via a text message scam. The problem is not widespread at the moment, but the precedent highlights a disturbing trend of exploitation towards Android users.

Android has the most Malware according to McAfee

McAfee is one of the larger security and virus protection companies out the. The company has put a lot of work into helping to secure Android devices with their soaring popularity for users and as targets for attackers. McAfee has said that Android is plagued by the most Malware of all OS'. The amount of malicious software targeting Android has grown 76% in the last quarter according to McAfee.

Fake Google+ app floating around hides Android malware

Android users that are fans of Google+ need to be aware that a new malware app is circulating right now. Earlier this month I mentioned that Android users were twice as likely to get malware as they were six months ago. One of the reasons is apps like Google++ that looks like an official Google+ app and hides a malicious app inside.

Android fans are twice as likely to get malware today as they were six months ago

The number of malware apps for the Android smartphone and tablet users to contend with is growing all the time. Some of the malware seeks to make money charging for bogus services and some wants to do other things like record your calls. CNET reports that a new report from Lookout shows that Android users are twice as likely to run across malware today compared to six months ago. The figures are based on detection rates from Lookout users on Android.
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