Nasty Android Trojan Discovered
concern is legitimate
I realize that for now this is limited to China and is not impacting the USA. I also get that the Android Market is not impacted by this, again, at least for now.
This all said, I do believe that concern by people like me is legitimate. Perhaps this is why I don't sell, nor will I my Blackberry.
One of my apprehensions about Android, and again I can be mistaken is that there doesn't seem to be a universal OS for Android. Apple, like them or not has a uniform OS (unless you hack it) on their devices. Same with Blackberry.
Maybe having different versions of Android OS are no big thing and its an needless worry on my part.
Regarding the Blackberry market being secure, I don't know if it is, or isn't. Then again, I use very few apps and the ones (Twitter, Weather Channel, Open Table, etc.) that I do use are very mainstream.
I think the bigger idea here is that you use common sense while downloading apps and actually read what the app is saying it has access too. When I had an android phone there were a few apps I refused to download because it needed access to EVERYTHING on my phone. Stuff like having a game that doesn't require internet and it needs access to your text, web, call, contacts, etc, etc, etc.
pwfb said:This all said, I do believe that concern by people like me is legitimate. Perhaps this is why I don't sell, nor will I my Blackberry.
and when the first Blackberry virus hits you'll be doing what?
don't get me wrong, i'm not trying to downplay or criticize your concern; far from it .. but to think that one smartphone software / manufacturer will be immune from what is no doubt the wave of the future is short sighted at best ..
we released a "virus" in a Network Security class that propagated across Windows Mobile devices through MMS .. a trojan horse on an Android is not surprising in the least...
As with PC's, 90% or more of malware is installed because the user is visiting the 'shadier' parts of the Internet
With downloaded/sideloaded stuff, that accountability isn't there.
Seems to me the best solution of course, is get the "good stuff" that's not in the market, into the market somehow. Or make sure the stuff you get is coming from reputable sources. ;)
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