One advantage of iOS devices like iPhone is that it is a controlled ecosystem. The apps must be approved first and it is tested by Apple before users can buy it in iTunes.
In Android, it’s different because it is open. Think of Android as PC. Most of mobile threats in the wild targets this open ecosystem. It doesn’t mean that iOS devices are free from malware specially if it is jailbroken; it just happened that Android phone users are the easier target.
Lookout released a Mobile Threat Report last month and if you have not seen it yet, the good folks in Lookout put up an infographics (see below) illustrating the realities in mobile threat trends. Here are the highlights of the report:
- Both web-based and app-based threats are increasing in prevalence and sophistication.
- Android users are two and a half times as likely to encounter malware today than 6 months ago and three out of ten Android owners are likely to encounter a web-based threat on their device each year.
- An estimated half million to one million people were affected by Android malware in the first half of 2011; Android apps infected with malware went from 80 apps in January to over 400 apps cumulative in June 2011.
- Attackers are deploying a variety of increasingly sophisticated techniques to take control of the phone, personal data, and money. Additionally, malware writers are using new distribution techniques, such as malvertising and upgrade attacks.
If you want to know more, you may also download the 25-page report from Lookout.