Android malware continues to rise: 750,000 infections detected in the first quarter of 2017 according to G Data


The Google Play Store is the target of hackers trying to make their own with all kinds of malicious apps, such as ‘FalseGuide’ malware that has been hidden in the game guides apps and has discovered the security firm Check Point.

Android malware

G Data Security Labs has identified more than 750,000 new malicious apps for Android in the first quarter of 2017. This means an average of 8,400 apps of this type that are discovered per day, always according to the data of this firm of security.

A figure that does not put in very good place to Android, although we are talking about the most installed OS on the planet.

Vital to have your terminal updated to Nougat

This security firm shows a graph where you can see perfectly the increase in the number of malicious apps and that is proportional to the increase in popularity of the Android operating system over time.

A problem, that of malware, that exists on other platforms and that is combatted with security updates that are essential to have our device secure.

Android malware

It is, therefore, important to look at the next phone that we are going to buy has the latest update of Android, and that now would be Nougat, so that access to the security patches that periodically have to reach the mobile.

Currently, the percentage of Android devices with Nougat does not reach 5%, it remains at 4.9%. A version that was released on August 7, 2016, and that includes such minimum percentages.

If we already talk about Android Marshmallow, it stays on 31.2% of devices, so the other versions are distributed among all Android terminals that have yet to be updated to a version a “little” more current.

It will be difficult to counter the attack of all kinds of malicious apps, while Android continues to have those distribution figures and only 36.1% of devices have the last two versions of this OS.

One possible exit would be the irruption of the Pixel amassing part of the market, being terminals that are the first to update, although for this to happen there is still a lot of time.