Android Malware Apps Things to Know

by Ehsan on April 4, 2012


Smartphone have always been at risk to being affected by a malware. There was a sudden increase in the number of number of infected applications till the time some preventive security measures were initiated. These measures included validation of developers and signing in to the application. Android phones have always been and will always be known as the prominent type of smartphones that are primary targets for android phone hackers.

Today, smartphone security firms are in grave danger with the looming threat of malware threats hitting the Android phones. Some features which were accepted on the Personal Computer but proved to be loopholes for hackers are now being used liberally. A major reason for this would be the fact that compared to other smartphones that have owner app stores, on the other hand Android phones have ‘free for all’ app stores that further make them alluring targets for android phone hackers.

Moreover, as compared to other smartphones launching malware on android is relatively easy. For instance, in case of Apple iPhone, the smartphone has an app store wherein, the applications that are featured in the store are strictly checked and evaluated for suitability of releasing. While androids have an open eco-system, other smartphones have a closed eco-system and numerous app stores. A major reason there has been a rise in the number of hackers targeting Androids over other smartphones.

Some of the prominent Android centric mobile app threats are AndroidOS.Tapsnake, Android.Pjapps, Android.Rootcager and Android.Adrd. Each of these app malware act differently. AndroidOS.Tapsnake for instance, seems like the snake game which is found on many phones, reason why users end up downloading it. But instead of switching on the snake game, the GPRS of the phone is switched on, which in turn starts relaying important information of the user and his or her coordinates to the hacker. The Android.Pjapps on the other hand is a Trojan that has backdoor abilities that target any Android device. It is known to spread via tampered copies of lawful applications. Steamy Window is one such application that carries the Android.Pjapps code.
Almost all the time, it is an Android app that makes the phone susceptible to threats other than malware. Considering the number of Android phone malware surfacing every other day, users must be extra cautious and pay attention what features and apps are being used on their phones. Android malicious malware which pose as apps can be much more dangerous than you take it to be. The app could get hold of your keystrokes and passwords. The app may even go on to forward your messages, email and even your contact details and those of your contacts as well.
Although to some the Android malware may not seem as dangerous as it is, if you are well-informed about the possible threats and the end-result of the same, you can take measures to evade the impending threat to your private data and details of people whom you communicate with. The only option to this would be keeping yourself informed about the happenings in the Android phone malware scene.
Sunny Popali is the Marketing lead at Arcapps. ArcApps leads the world in quality app development by using the most advanced technologies and programming resources. They focus on delivering superior service and developing sustainable relationships. ArcApps is proud to be among the first app development firms who is setting industry standards and paving the way for an exciting new technological revolution.


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