There are many people who, at the end of the day, write to us telling us that their device behaves abnormally and that if we can explain how to know if this has been hacked . It’s normal, rare is the week that we do not have aor a new vulnerability through which hackers can do their thing, so it still has that stigma that Android is not safe . However, as the title of this post says, malware on Android is a story to not sleep, and we’ll explain why.
When we echo a new malware, all the news have a common denominator , and is that the number of infected devices, even being a high number, represents a small, tiny, very small part of the total of existing Android devices . According to the latest data from, corresponding to 2017, there are 1.54 billion Android phones around the world , so let’s throw numbers.
Last week a virus was discovered that affected 60,000 Android phones throughout the globe. Do you know how much that figure represents over the total number of mobiles in the world? A 0.0038% . The most powerful malware discovered to date, Judy, affected 38.5 million terminals, or what is the same, to a 2.5% of Android phones operatives currently. To say that Android is an unsafe operating system because there is malware on Android is a generalization fallacy. We can not say that Android is unsafe because 0.0038% of mobile phones have been compromised. Is a lie.
The malware that has infected most devices to date only affected 2.5% of all Android phones in the world.
On the other hand, Most malware comes from external sources to Google Play . In general, the average user does not heat up his head looking for free payment apps on the Internet, but downloads files from the official store, which far from being an impregnable fortress, is very, very safe. Ashowed that Most malware comes from fraudulent advertisements and fake virus alerts, dating websites and fake raffles . That is, Android malware comes from scams and SCAMs that swarm the network, but does not come from official sites. Also, in order for the malware to reach the mobile phone, the user must install the infected APK , and Google Play Protect will take care to warn you that this is dangerous.
Let’s stop thinking that Android is insecure, because it is not . It’s like saying that traveling by car is dangerous because there are traffic accidents. Are there any? Yes. Do they represent a significant percentage of the total trips that are made every day by car around the world? No. The fault of the car accident is the cars, for being “accident”? No. Whose fault is it? Of the driver. In Android it is exactly the same. Android is safe, the one that is insecure is the user unconscious that uses the mobile without a head and without paying attention to the possible consequences.
When you read that there is a new malware on Android, do not take it as a threat to the security of your terminal . Take it as an informative note and look at the volume of people affected, you will see how insignificant it is compared to the total.